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Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

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On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

This Day in Pop Culture for January 4

National Trivia Day
It is said that National Trivia Day is celebrated every year on this day and was created by Robert L. Birch, known as the “Grand PunScorpion” of the Puns Corp. Although many sources point to his name and his reasoning for the day was to “raise awareness of the significance of trivia in the development of human curiosity, science and fun,” very little information can be found about the man or the day. Even so, many still celebrate. By the way, “trivia” is the plural of “trivium” which means “place where three roads meet.”


The Day the Music … First Got a Chart
Billboard magazine published its first “hit parade” list of most popular song recordings on this day way back in 1936. The top 5 songs for that year were “Pennies from Heaven” by Bing Crosby, “The Way You Look Tonight” by Fred Astaire, “Goody Goody” by Benny Goodman, “Glory of Love” also by Benny Goodman and “Did I Remember?” by Shep Fields & His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra.


The Voice of Winnie-the-Pooh is Born
Sterling Holloway was born on January 4, 1905. While being an actor in movies as well as for TV for almost 50 years, Sterling Holloway is probably best remembered for his voice work, namely that as the original voice of Walt Disney’s Winnie-the-Pooh. Sterling "almost" began his career with Disney in 1937 as the voice of Sleepy for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but Disney decided to go with Pinto Colvig instead. However, in 1941 Sterling’s voice was heard in Dumbo, playing the role of Mr. Stork who delivered the big-eared elephant to his mother. He also voiced the roles of Flower in Bambi, the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, Kaa the snake in The Jungle Book and Roquefort the mouse in The Aristocats in addition the iconic bear who was stuffed with fluff. Sterling is also famous for voicing a number of TV commercials including Sugar Bear for Sugar Crisp cereal (“Can’t get enough of that Sugar Crisp”), Purina Puppy Chow ("For a full year till he’s full grown!”) and Woodsy Owl for the US Forest Service (“Give a hoot, don’t pollute.”) He was even considered for the role of Garfield the cat in 1982, but lost to Lorenzo Music. His last voice-over work was for an episode of TV’s Moonlighting, (“Atomic Shakespeare”) in 1986 as a narrator. He died on November 22, 1992.


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