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Deborah Kerr – I whistle a happy tune

<An evening pause: From the 1956 Rodgers & Hammerstein Hollywood musical, The King and I. The song, actually sung by Marni Nixon, invokes a lesson I have learned works in almost every situation. Act like you belong and have the right to do what you are doing and people will accept this without question. This worked especially well when I was in the movie business.

The song’s lesson is also a good portrayal of the optimism and courage of the American culture in the mid-twentieth century. All good things were possible, if we showed courage and determination.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit. If you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.

The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs."--San Antonio Express-News


  • Michael Miller


    She was quite the cuties in “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. ”

    Great flick


  • Dick Eagleson

    Not to mention From Here to Eternity and Prisoner of Zenda. One of the great beauties of cinema history.

    Marni Nixon got a lot of work singing for other actresses over the years. She just died recently.

  • Judy

    “Act like you belong and have the right to do what you are doing and people will accept this without question”

    How true! I call this the “Mission Impossible philosophy” after the early TV series. They would be in some Eastern European country and drive up in a truck with “Water Workski” or some such painted on the sides, stop in the middle of the street, set up barricades and enter a manhole, and never be challenged.

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