Shirley Temple has died.
She had an effect on the world,
bigger than I realized.
More below the fold.
Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.
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I just read the article that came on my screen
when I turned on my computer,
I read that as an adult,
she worked for Republican Presidents,
such as the elder George Bush,
as ambassador to Czechoslovakia,
just as the Iron Curtain was collapsing.
But as a child,
she was simply
a truly effective entertainer;
when she set out
to entertain her audience,
She did her job,
so very well.
And she was doing her job
at a point in America's journey
that made her look like a very bright light,
during very dark days.
That seemed like a big help,
Franklin Delano Roosevelt:
I think that's pretty good poetry,
"When the spirit of the people
than at any other time
during this Depression,
it is a splendid thing
that for just 15 cents,
an American can go to a movie
and look at the smiling face
of a baby
and forget his troubles,"
"As long as our country has Shirley Temple,
we will be all right."
after I gave it the line breaks,
as I like to do.
on the contribution
of Shirley Temple:
Actor Martin Landau said when the two were honored at the Academy Awards in 1998:
The late Roddy McDowall, a fellow child star and friend, once said:
"She is a legacy
of a different time
in motion pictures.
She caught the imagination
of the entire country,
in a way that no one had before,"
"She's indelibleI wish folks then,
in the history of America,
she appeared at a time of great social need,
and people took her
to their hearts,"
had taken a closer look
at that wonderful oil
flowing out of west Texas,
and the excessive plowing
that led to the dust bowl,
I wish they had realized
that America cannot feed
unlimited numbers of people,
just because the oil companies
want to sell diesel and gasoline,
and the farmers want to see how much they can produce,
I wish they had seen,
the terrible disaster
of overpopulation of America,
and the end of oil,
the end of diesel tractors,
I wish they had seen that.
I wish they had asked themselves.
"How long can we keep doing things
how many years will the diesel fuel last?"
But they didn't.
They simply didn't see the famines coming,
the possible famines,
from failing to plan ahead.
They just didn't see it.
But they saw Shirley Temple,
they saw her smile,
they saw the dimples on her cheeks,
and they smiled,
and they felt better.
Thanks for reading.
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