Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Here's Your Sun

Welcome to the Sunshine

I sometimes wonder,
 would it be like if I lived in a country
 where winter is a matter of a few chilly days
 and a few weeks' rain;
 where the sun is never far away,
 and the flowers bloom all year long?"

Anna Neagle

("It's pretty cool, actually."

"The respect of those you respect
is worth more
than the applause of the multitude."

Arnold Glasow

"Silent gratitude
isn't much use
to anyone."

G.B. Stern


“Most novelties, if they last one season, it’s a lot.
 If they last two seasons, it’s a phenomenon.
 To last 35 years is unheard of.”

"Uncle" Milt Levine, 1991

"The ants' most amazing feat
was putting my three kids 
through college."


Ant farm mogul Milton M. Levine of Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm fame
 died Jan. 16 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. at the age of 97,
 but not before selling his company for $20 million or so,
 which happens to be about a dollar for every Ant Farm ever sold.

Levine’s Eureka moment came in 1956,
 when he spotted a mound of ants during a Fourth of July picnic
 at his sister’s poolside in Southern California.

“We should make an antarium.”

Selling for $1.98,
 the original 6-by-9-inch ant farm was an immediate hit,
 soon selling thousands a week by mail order to children.

Farewell, Uncle Milt!

Thanks for keeping your magnifying glass
in your pocket.

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