A man of legend, Julius Ceasar, was stabbed on this day. The warning given to him by a soothsayer, “Beware the Ides of March”, still living on to this day. Ceasar was “Dictator for life” of the Roman empire when his hubris became too much for the senators of Rome. A plot was hatched and his protege, Marcus Brutus, was enlisted. When Ceasar entered the meeting hall that fateful day, he was accosted by some 60 senators wielding daggers. His story is told over and over, famously by Shakespeare in his play bearing the emperor’s name. I encourage everyone to beware the Ides of March today, though hopefully you don’t have 60 angry men with daggers calling for your death.
While it is unfortunate Ceaser died on this day, another event of more significance to me also happened on this day, just some 2000 years later.
In 1972, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather opened in theaters to a resounding success. Coppola had collaborated with the author, Mario Puzo, to create a movie portraying the times and life of Italian Americans, rather than focusing on the criminal and sometimes bloody aspect. Marlon Brando, who had become moody on set and seeing a decline in his Hollywood credit, gave a stellar performance as the patriarch of the Corleone family, Vito. His portrayal earned him a Best Actor award, which he declined to accept. Other greats turned out great performances such as Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton. The Godfather remains one of my all time favorite movies. The sequel, especially with its scenes of old Italy and Vito’s young life, was also a huge success in my mind as well as commercially.
I think I am going to have to go watch the movie now. It is 3 hours well spent. So go make life an offer it cannot refuse today my Gentle Readers. Until next time. Live well, write well, be well.
Here we go Gentle Readers, the revamped daily posts (if I can ever get caught back up that is). I am glad I changed this over, because March 2nd, 1904 is a day the whole world should celebrate. Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was born on this day. Thanks to Pinterest I have 5 life lessons I learned from Dr. Seuss that I hope I can pass on to my children.
I remember learning to read with Dr. Seuss books. My grandfather would read to me over and over the same collection of storybooks. I have been told that I corrected him when he tried to skip parts because I had memorized the books at a very young age. Thus began my love of literature that I continue to journey with for more than 30 years now. Thank you Dr. Seuss, from the bottom of this bookworm’s heart. The world is a better place for the stories that you shared with us.
Also on this day Congress made one last attempt to keep Prohibition alive. The Jones Act ended up being a resounding failure, just like the 18th Amendment. I have to thank Prohibition for strengthening organized crime as I do enjoy a good Mafia or Mob story. Godfather is one of my favorite movies of all time. The books by Mario Puzo being very well written. Something about Marlon Brando saying, “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse”, still brings chills down my spine.
We also gained more US Citizens on this day in 1917 when Puerto Rico residents were granted citizenship, and recruited for World War I. Not sure how that trade worked out for them then, but I hear it is nice in San Juan almost year round.
Just 16 years later, in 1933, this day also became the New York premiere of an iconic movie in American film history.
As for the Spell a Day calendar, today is about clearing out electronic clutter. So get rid of those old love letter emails and text messages before your new guy/girl discovers them. There is no benefit to keeping them, unless you are using them for some sort of writing project, then you need to clearly label them as “Research” and move them to a different folder. Until next time my Gentle Readers. Live well, write well, be well.