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Topic: I miss some friends on the Café!
Message: Posted by: lynnef (Dec 7, 2017 12:23PM)
This is just about missing their contributions...nothing tragic! In particular I miss Vlad's posts (although he is busy with music) and Lawrence O. Tried pm'ing them to no avail!!! Any others you all miss? Lynn
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Dec 7, 2017 01:55PM)
Jim Sparks / Sparky.

I know he is having some health issues but I do miss him here.

I miss Al Angello, I think he is on Facebook now.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Dec 8, 2017 03:53PM)
Mary, I believe that Al got into a problem involving political "discussion".

I miss Sparky, too.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Dec 9, 2017 12:38AM)
Well, he told me he was going to a Facebook group and said goodbye. If you get into trouble I don't think you get to say goodbye.
The political stuff may have been the impetus.

Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Dec 9, 2017 06:34AM)
Yes, that well may have been the cause of his leaving.

I'm on facebook, often, but, not regularly. (For me, about to be 86) I have problems "navigating" the "new" facebook.

Al is definitely a "liberal"!!!
Message: Posted by: lynnef (Dec 9, 2017 11:29AM)
Anybody hear from Lawrence O (Etienne)? That man was a walking encyclodpedia of magical knowledge! Lynn
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Dec 10, 2017 12:07PM)
I asked about Lin (Lindini) her user name is Evolve629, some time ago, no one has had any information.

She is from Minnesota. She used to post all the time, but in 2011 mysteriously stopped posting. Does anyone know if something happened and if she is OK?
Message: Posted by: lynnef (Dec 11, 2017 03:37PM)
Got a message back from Vlad who is OK and occasionally checks in. Busy with music and magic, and also trying to move! He also wants to hear from Etienne. Just a note about politics... I too have been upset at times about political opinions of certain members; but I don't think we shold let it get in the way of why we logged in to the magic Café in the first place. I definitely have more friends here than a few that might upset! Let's keep our arms wide open. Lynn
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Dec 15, 2017 05:55PM)
Etienne is active on Facebook - he posts somewhat often. Seems to be doing well!
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Dec 16, 2017 08:39PM)
[quote]On Dec 7, 2017, Mary Mowder wrote:
Jim Sparks / Sparky.

I know he is having some health issues but I do miss him here.

And presently the tread that is right below this one - he posted on Dec 10 2017 :-)
Message: Posted by: lynnef (Dec 19, 2017 12:11PM)
Very good news, that last post! Note that Sparx watched lots of 3 Stooges, Marx Bros, etc. Laughter may well be the best medicine; although the chemotherapy certainly helped! Lynn
Message: Posted by: lynnef (Jan 2, 2018 01:42PM)
In the 'not very magical' forum, members talk of missing Lobo! FYI, he is well, but busy with family affairs! Lynn
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Jan 4, 2018 01:26PM)
[quote]On Dec 19, 2017, lynnef wrote:
Very good news, that last post! Note that Sparx watched lots of 3 Stooges, Marx Bros, etc. Laughter may well be the best medicine; although the chemotherapy certainly helped! Lynn [/quote]

Liberace told a similar tale:

Liberace, then 44, was booked into the Holiday House for 16 days. His first show was scheduled for Nov. 22, 1963.

That afternoon, in Dallas, Texas, an assassin later identified as Lee Harvey Oswald killed President Kennedy and seriously wounded Texas Gov. John Connally.

Across Pittsburgh, nightclubs, theaters and lounges closed out of respect for the dead president.

The shuttered nightclubs that evening included the Holiday House. Liberace gave his assistants the night off, and spent the evening cleaning his colorful costumes.

It's unknown what brand of cleaning fluid Liberace used, but if it contained carbon tetrachloride, then it seems likely that he used a bottle of Carbona Cleaning Fluid, which was popular, nationally advertised and widely used.

The main ingredient in Carbona, which was introduced in 1908, was carbon tetrachloride. Developed in the 19th century, "carbon tet" was available in a variety of products.

Radio and TV repairers used carbon tet to fix dirty control knobs in customers' sets, and because it wouldn't burn, carbon tet also was deployed in fire extinguishers to put out grease and electrical fires. It could also be used as a refrigerant.

But the sweet-smelling chemical also could cause people to get light-headed and pass out. (The Ramones' song "Carbona Not Glue" --- about huffing cleaning fluid to get high --- demonstrates that people knew carbon tet was powerful stuff.)

In some cases, users of carbon tet working in enclosed spaces went into comas. Prolonged exposure at low levels could cause cancer. Short-term exposure at high levels caused kidney and liver damage within 24 hours.

"I suppose I should have had the window open in the room, but it was a cool day," Liberace said later. "One of my staff came into the room and said, 'How can you stand the smell of that stuff?' It didn't seem that bad to me. I'd gotten used to it."

But up on stage, Liberace was smiling and joking only with great difficulty. After his first number, he remembered later, the room began spinning. Halfway through the performance, he was seriously nauseated.

"It was clear that I was finished for the night," he said later. "In fact, I was almost finished forever."

His remaining shows at the Holiday House were cancelled and reporters were told that Liberace was suffering from "a recurrence of an ear infection" that would sideline him for a week.

The "ear infection" story fed to the press was a blatant lie, probably intended to keep other venues from canceling Liberace's shows. A team of nine doctors at St. Francis quickly agreed that Liberace was suffering from what was then called uremic poisoning --- kidney failure.

His prognosis was grim. They gave him a 20 percent chance of survival. Liberace noted sardonically that his hospital room overlooked St. Mary's Cemetery on the other side of Pittsburgh's 45th Street. His lawyer arrived from Hollywood with a new copy of his will, and a priest gave Liberace the "Anointing of the Sick" --- better known as last rites.

"Doctors are lousy liars," Liberace wrote in his 1973 self-titled autobiography. "The ones in the hospital would tell me I was improving while glancing at my chart and shaking their heads."

It took Liberace's personal physician, Dr. Frank Taylor, to give him the plain truth. "Put your house in order," he said.

True to his image as a lover of jewelry, furs and other gaudy trappings, Liberace used what he thought were his final hours to go on a shopping spree. He opened charge accounts at New York's finest stores --- including Saks and Tiffany's --- and ordered lavish gifts for friends and families.

"If you think a drunken sailor spends money carelessly, you should get a load of a rich piano player when he thinks he's dying," Liberace wrote in his autobiography.

Along with a 'mysterious nun in white' who prayed with him, and a refrigerator-sized artificial kidney, he credits the joy he experienced giving money and gifts to people day after day as a very important factor in getting his health back from that event.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Jan 4, 2018 09:21PM)
Forgot to mention, he slept in his dressing room that night, exposing himself for even more hours to the toxin.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Aug 19, 2018 01:07AM)
Lee Harvey Oswald "allegedly" killed JFK.