Mr. Victor Borge was a favorite from my youth when I used to be entertained by listening to those things called "records."  'member them?  The big ones ... and the ones that were smaller ... 78rpm's?  I used to listen to these "old ones" my Mom and Dad had collected and I especially remember one by Victor Borge.  

GOOGLE him.  

Or maybe give listen to his "Phoenetic Punctuation."

Here's a YouTube version of another of my favorite routines of his.  I like it because it's appropriate even in today's world.  You might be surprised:

America should have a

"National No Video Games Day"

Japan did it - why cant we?


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His piano playing was funny.  His jokes made me laugh.

He taught me to "look at stuff and think about stuff differently - so did a lot of other people, but Mr. Borge was, for some reason, uniquely adept at doing that."

I remember one of his stories that went something like:

"Before I begin tonight, I would like to announce and congratulate my grandfather on his 103rd birthday!  We had quite a celebration ... I wish you all could have been there."  

His announcement was, of course, followed by rousing applause honoring his grandfather's enviable milestone which he then interrupted with:

"Unfortunately he couldn't be there.  

How could he be?  He died when he was 29."

Not long afterward he told a story about when he was a boy and his father came home to find him sitting on their living room floor in front of a roaring fire.

"Which made him *very* angry," he added, "because we didn't have a fireplace."

Besides his piano playing, his style and jokes and stories were different.  And I liked him.  

Seriously, GOOGLE him if you have time.  You should.

And then maybe 2 years before he passed away, maybe 30 or more years after I'd been introduced to and affected by his unique act via my parents' 78rpm (?) records, I found out that he was a holocaust survivor and this made me think:

"Wow.  What if I'd never been exposed to Victor Borge."  

And then I thought "How much similar great talent and amazing people did the world lose and miss out on because they *didn't* survive the holocaust."

What's my point?  I don't know.  I guess it's just that I hope that this guy's name and routines stick around and don't get lost in history ... there's A LOT of stuff just as World Class and timeless that should be equally kept from fading into the humanity's past.

So I guess this is my effort in trying to make sure that doesn't happen.

I think we should have a "National No Video Games Day" during which everyone should attempt to entertain themselves with something from at least 1 decade before they were born ... something other than playing with an interactive device connected to their TV ... or their cellphone.  

Hey, I understand that technology changes ... but it's *the craftsmanship* which is timeless.   And fortunately there's A LOT of good stuff recorded on video ... and "YouTube" is an easy way to get at it.

Maybe you'd be surprised how it would be just as pleasant a time as killing people in a first-person shooter game ... it just might be good for you to watch some "old" stuff that was considered good live entertainment from at least 10 years before you were born ... and just in case you're thinking about sending me an e-mail similar to "Hah.  But John, they don't *have* any of the 'good stuff' from 10 years before I was born on that there 'YouTube thing,'  you best be havin' a look at sumpin' like diss heeya: