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When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

VALENTINE'S DAY
You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

This Day in Pop Culture for October 24

'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' Ride Into Theaters
It was on this day in 1969 that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid appeared on movie screen. Directed by George Roy Hill from a script written by William Goldman, the Western movie starred Paul Newman (as Butch), Robert Redford (as Harry Longabaugh, the “Sundance Kid”) and Katherine Ross (Etta Place). The story is loosely based on the real-life pair’s string of train robberies. Originally, Jack Lemmon was offered the role of Sundance but he turned it down due to the fact that he did not enjoy riding horses and felt sort of typecast with the role. Other actors considered for the role include Steve McQueen and Warren Beatty. Marlon Brando was once considered to play his Cassidy’s sidekick and Joanna Pettet was considered for Etta’s role. Sam Elliott made his film debut in the film as a card player and Cloris Leachman also appeared in the film as well. The movie was the top grossing film of the year and was nominated for seven Academy Awards. It won four for Best Cinematography; Best Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical); Best Music, Song ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"); and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced. It was also nominated for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Sound. In 2003, the film was picked for the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress


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Good and Plenty Day
In honor of the oldest candy in America, today has been dubbed Good and Plenty Day. The history of the little strips of black licorice coated with a pink and white candy shell is partly unknown. It was first introduced in 1893 by Philadelphia’s Quaker City Confectionery Company but is now owned by the Hershey Foods. Beginning in 1950, the candy was promoted with the cartoon character, Choo-Choo Charlie, a railroad engineer. One unappetizing fact is that the pink ones are colored with a red dye that is produced from the crushed bodies of the female cochineal insect.


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