Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Something's Amiss

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Forest Lawn Cemetary in Glendale, California is one of the most ostentatious places I've ever seen.  Self-aggrandizing, and revolting.

Surprisingly, they discourage -- strongly discourage -- anyone either viewing stars's graves, or wishing to pay respect to the deceased if the deceased was a popular performer.


So I went anyway.

Armed with an iPhone, I visted the graves of some stars who interest me.  I'll try to share.

But I begin with two, and they've got me a little confused.

Here is the grave marker for Jimmy Stewart. Some of you may have heard of him; he was a popular actor in a few movies you might have seen.

Here is the grave marker for Joe E. Brown. Why, Joe E. Brown needs no introduction, does he?

It seemed to me that something was amiss.

Well, nobody's perfect. . . .

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Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Exactly! the more secure a guy & his pals are, the less ostentatious-- you see the same kinda thing in the program books for a gabfest legal conference. The junior faculty member or the young staffer will have a 750 word bio screed describing how smart & accomplished they are; the Supreme Court Justice? She'll just say "Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States" & that's it. Likewise, Barack Obama will just have styrofoam Greek columns installed to ... oh wait.

mister muleboy said...

You know, as I crave recognition for my "qualiications" [and maybe not my accomplishments], I sometimes lean towards the young staffer approach.

Well, I do in my head. In the end I presume it's cooler to say nothing, and I forego the exercise. Organizers then ask me to fill in the blanks, and they do the puffery.

I'm a sick man