Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Our own holiday offering

It's hard to pretend there is a lot of UC-related news for the blog at this time of year.  However, yours truly has been struck by an electronic influx of holiday greetings from various organizations, some from within UCLA, that has flooded his e-mailbox.  See the sample below.

The bottom two from the sample above are from political types, a former state controller and a sitting (although she is standing in the photo) congresswoman.  I'd show you the one from former governor Gray Davis [surely you can recall him :)] but it came with this very un-holiday warning:

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail transmission, and any documents, files or previous e-mail messages attached to it may contain confidential information that is legally privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, or a person responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of any of the information contained in or attached to this transmission is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you have received this transmission in error, please immediately notify the sender. Please destroy the original transmission and its attachments without reading or saving in any manner. Thank you, Loeb & Loeb LLP.

Anyhow, due to the news dearth, we will provide our own holiday offering.  Two movies seem to be associated with Christmas: It's a Wonderful Life (1946) with Jimmy Stewart (because the last scene is a Hollywood ending at Christmas)...

and A Christmas Story (1983) based on New York City radio commentator Jean Shepherd's tales told on his programs during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.
One of the well-known episodes involves a frozen tongue.  Below - in two parts because of YouTube time limits - we provide the radio versions of that tale as our holiday offering:

Part 1

Part 2

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