Saturday, February 24, 2007

"A horse is a horse, of course, of course..."

"...I am Mister Ed"
As you should know, we here at The Daily Growler read the obits like other people read the comics and we especially are attracted to the obits of those who to us are special Americans but who to you might be listed in the "Who Cares?" column of your interest. Hey, come on, we reported on Lew Burdette's death t'other day--day before yesterday--we don't know; we long ago lost track of time here at the beautiful The Daily Growler high-floor offices in one of the cob-shaped towers of the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota--that's right, folks, the building our offices are in is made out of corncobs--"Hey, Popeye, we got a corn crib that beats sixty," and we refer to William Faulkner's Popeye and not Popeye the Sailor or Popeye Doyle.

Anyway, we here at The Daily Growler happily/sadly celebrate/mourn the passing of the cat who wrote "Mona Lisa" [Nat "King" Cole's biggie] and "Que Sera Sera," [Doris Day's biggie from Hitchcock's Man Who Knew Too Much, a great one with Jimmy Stewart playing Jimmy Stewart the way Hitchcock wanted him to play Jimmy Stewart and those evil people in that weird London church. That movie gets a fistfuls of Wahooos! from Rex X. Greed, The Daily Growler ecstasy-addicted film and string theory critic and who gallivants around town with the seedily lovely Gracia Maison, the woman in his life he met at a boarding school for amputee equestrians--WOW, she's also the World Record Holder in the one-legged ski jump (a 500-foot straight down splat-landing beauty that brought the crowd to a thunderous standing-on-two-legs ovation though it left her face a bit mucked up) and the one-legged 26-mile marathon (her longstanding and seemingly unbeatable 101 hours and 59 minutes)].

Jeez, like thegrowlingwolf , we drift easily off the subject-- and the subject is Ray Evans--and onto an inane sideslope--but, hey, hey, hey, this dude also wrote the theme to Bonanza--Wow, come on, that's one of the great ones--but, also, dig this, this dude wrote the "Mr. Ed" theme song; that's right, the one sung by Mr. Ed himself on that old pre-digital teevee show. Here's his obit:

Oscar-winning songwriter of "Mona Lisa" dead at 92

Ray Evans died late Thursday, February 15, of heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital. Lyricist Evans collaborated with melody writer Jay Livingston for more than six decades, earning seven Academy Award nominations and winning three—in 1948 for "Buttons and Bows" in the film The Paleface, in 1950 for "Mona Lisa" in the movie Captain Carey, USA, and in 1956 for "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" from The Man Who Knew Too Much. The duo wrote songs for dozens of movies and two Broadway musicals, as well as the theme songs for Bonanza and Mister Ed, and the Christmas standard "Silver Bells." Evans changed the title of his most-beloved creation from "Prima Donna" to "Mona Lisa" on the advice of his art-loving wife, Wyn. Jay Livingston died in 2001 at age 86. Ray Evans was 92.

Sources: Yahoo! News,

It seems thegrowlingwolf is taking the day off...Way Off!

Watch out! Kids gangs are recruiting on the Internet. Such bullshit.

for The Daily Growler

Why Don't We the People Merge?
Check this merger out--what bullshit:

Why would General Motors (NYSE: GM) consider buying DaimlerChrysler AG's (NYSE:DCX) Chrysler unit? Is GM lacking scale? Has anyone accused it of not being big enough or broad enough? Hasn't it already acquired many brands over the years and still run up against superior Japanese and German manufacturers? Will acquiring Chrysler help rebuild its own brand? Does GM need Chrysler? The obvious answer is no, it does not.

What GM needs is better car design, improved and more uniform quality control, sharper focus, better vision, more efficiency, streamlined management structure and less overhead burden. How does Chrysler solve any of these problems? It doesn't!

GM has spent the last year addressing many of these issues and its stock performance has reflected this, as the best performer among the Dow Industrials. It should continue to refine the company in this manner and not deliberately go out looking for new and unwarranted challenges. If Daimler is selling, GM should not be buying!


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