Links to the past, with relevance today:
EXTRATV: RIP to Benjamin Keough, Elvis Presley's grandson.
POSEIDON'S UNDERWORLD: Our favorite retro blogger is back with a slew of gratuitous male beefcake from yesteryear!
THR: An early version of the Super Mario Bros. game, released in 1985 for the Nintendo NES, sold for a whopping $114,000 at auction Friday. The auction was held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, but the bidder wishes to remain anonymous. (Probably because his partner is going to kill him if he or she finds out.)
PEOPLE: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, 95 and 92 respectively, took time out from celebrating their 74th wedding anniversary to urge people to take COVID-19 seriously — and to wear masks.
ROLLING STONE: USC will remove and relocate a John Wayne exhibit after students complained about Wayne's history of racism. Yes, John Wayne is an icon, but before you flip out and think people are being overly sensitive, this is what Wayne said in his 1971 Playboy interview:
“I believe in white supremacy ... We can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks ... I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people ... I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves. Now, I’m not condoning slavery. It’s just a fact of life, like the kid who gets infantile paralysis and has to wear braces so he can’t play football with the rest of us.”
I mean, come ON. That is not just a case of “things were different then, we were all less sensitive.” Those are monstrous remarks. So, no, we can't remove Wayne from this rightful place as a movie icon, but yes, it is appropriate to think twice about when, where and how he is honored today. No, I don't know “where will it end?” but yikes, can't it at least start there?
FACEBOOK: A 103-year-old man has broken the world record for sky-diving. I can't even fathom doing this at my age, let alone at his.