Monday, March 24, 2014

Who Is Dorothy Height Anyway,
Instead Let's Celebrate Norman Fell

Today's (March 24) Google Doodle is for some 112 year old woman named Dorothy Height. 
An educator and "activist". Naturally... 

For Google to honor her, she'd have to be an activist.  I'm sure she did some good, some time in the past, but she is a relative unknown, so her activism may not have accomplished a whole lot; Wikipedia says her activism was focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy and voter awareness; was the president of a National Council of Negro Women for forty years, and awarded some medals for such.
So, in other words, she stood up for civil rights, like hundreds of others also. Great.

How politically correct of Google to honor her today, with Moochelle Zerobama over in China.

Here at the Local Malcontent, alternatively,
we celebrate the 90th birthday of a Jewish man, 
who brought laughter to millions and millions of Americans
during his film and TV career:

Norman Fell, March 24, 1924 - December 14, 1998.

During his familiar career, Norman Fell is most remembered as the first landlord, Mr. Stanley Roper, in "Three's Company", from 
1977 through 1979.
However, Norman Fell also starred in such memorable Hollywood films as:
Ocean's Eleven, It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, PT 109, The Graduate, Airport 1975, Catch-22, and For The Boys as well as appearing alongside Ronald Reagan in Reagans's last firm, 
The Killers, in 1964.

He received awards too, just like Ms. Height did.  He won the 1979 Golden Globes Best Supporting Actor for "Mr. Roper", and was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of the boxing trainer in "Rich Man, Poor Man".

I celebrate anybody who brings laughter and joy, mirth, into our mundane lives these days, and 
Norman Fell did just that.  Laughter tends to make us all feel a camaraderie, an etheric, noble bond with others based upon our laughter, our mutual understanding of just being human.

No body needed to be a landlord, or metrosexual tenents, or even Jewish to appreciate Norman Fell's body of work, unlike Ms. Height's case, where you had to be a female African-American to know her body of work.

Ms. Height highlighted our few differences in her activism;
Mr. Fell highlighted our many similarities in his.

Maybe, if she had used a funny voice or a Whoopie Cushion during her activism, I'd know Dotty Height, not needing to 'look her up'.

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