Rushville Republican


October 29, 2013

Strange happenings of Octo-BRRR! 31st


Hold on, it gets weirder! Carlo Pedersoli is known to film aficionados as an actor, especially from the era of “Spaghetti Westerns.” His stage name, which I understand is the literal translation of “Carlo Pedersoli,” is “Bud Spencer.” And Bud Spencer played the lead role in a 1977 Italian comedy – described as a movie “in the style of ‘The Sting,’”; the flick was called “Charleston.” And I just recently wrote multiple columns about my family’s visit to Charleston!

Cue the “Twilight Zone” music, right?!?!

In 1931, the last day of October saw the birth of Dan Rather, the famous TV newsman and victim, in 1986, of a strange and random incident: he was assailed while walking along Park Avenue in New York City, by two men who repeatedly asked him the question “What is the frequency, Kenneth?”

But here’s the scariest part – the rock band R.E.M. wrote a song called “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” and they were once joined on stage in a performance of the song by guest vocalist. . .Dan Rather! Everyone present said it was terrifying!

October 31, 1942 is the birthdate of David Ogden Stiers, who played on the classic TV show “M*A*S*H” as Dr. Winchester, the stuffy Bostonian. He’s done tons of voice acting and voice-over work, including one of the early films by George Lucas, the “Star Wars” mastermind. The movie was called “THX 1138,” set in a bleak future when the use of mind-altering drugs is mandatory. Well, apparently someone responsible for composing the film’s credits took that film plot to heart, because the closing credits says Stiers’ voice work was performed by “David Ogden Steers.”

A year after Stiers was born, a guy named Paul Frampton was born. He was a physics professor at the University of North Carolina, although he’s currently an inmate serving 56 months in argentina. Long story short, he was attempting to leave Argentina with a suitcase containing a whole bunch of cocaine hidden in it. He claims the usual thing that guys claim when they’re caught in this predicament: he was tricked by gangsters into carrying the suitcase while on his way to see a supermodel he met on a dating website. That alibi actually worked, and he was about to be set free. Until another search of the suitcase revealed a way more dangerous and frightening hidden cargo – a bootleg cassette tape of Dan Rather singing “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”

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