Saturday, January 12, 2013

Happy Saturday. Saturdays are a good day to catch up on reading!

On this date in 1962 the first American combat mission of the Vietnam War took place. They called it Operation Chopper.

Many people falsely believe that Walt Disney is cryonically preserved. He was not, he was cremated when he passed away on December 15, 1966. The first person who was cryonically preserved was Dr. James Bedford on January 12, 1967, several weeks after the supposed freezing of Mr. Disney. The intent is to be resuscitated at some point in the future, once a cure for whatever killed the person is found.

Speaking of Disney…It was on this date in 2001 that Downtown Disney District opened to the public as part of the expanded Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California. Downtown Disney is a shopping area just outside of the two Disney theme parks that is popular with locals and tourists alike.

Some of the writers born on this day include:

Pretrus Scriverius (1576), Jack London (1876), Ferenc Molnár (1878), Paul Jarrico (1915), William Nicholson (1948), Haruki Murakami (1949), Rush Limbaugh (1951), Charles Faulkner (1952), Walter Mosley (1952), and Howard Stern (1954).

On this day in 1976 the world lost Agatha Christie. The English witer was born in 1890. Dame Agatha Christie is known for crime novels, short stories, and plays. She wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott but is much better remembered for her 66 detective novels and more than 15 short story collections written under her own name. She also wrote the worl’ds longest running play, The Mousetrap.

heart of darkness and secret sharer

Today’s highlighted title is Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad. This classic is required reading for some English classes. We have the Signet Classic edition as a mass market sized paperback for only $2.99  in our Amazon storefront.  Village Book Shop has always offered a discount on items needed for class.  If you need this or any other book for a class give us a call at (626) 335-5720.

books can be dangerous

Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.

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