Monday, June 9, 2014


Good Morning, Class of '64
Wagon of Fools - Hendrick Gerritsz Pot Heras

A fool thinks himself to be wise,
but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool 
than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Abraham Lincoln
Any fool can criticize, 
condemn and complain 
- and most fools do.

Benjamin Franklin

One Hit Wonders of 1961

From the era of mother-in-law jokes:
Q: What is the ideal weight for a mother-in-law?
A: About 2.3 pounds, including the urn.

Number-one hit in the U.S. on the 
Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. 
It was written and produced by Allen Toussaint.  
Toussaint didn't have a mother-in-law at the time,
but he kept hearing comedians making 
mother-in-law jokes on TV.
 He knew it would get a reaction. 
His grandmother was horrified when she heard it, 
but forgave him later. 
Ernie K. Doe - 1961

A mother takes twenty years
to make a man of her boy, 
and another woman makes 
a fool of him in twenty minutes.

Robert Frost
Feast of Fools - Frans Floris The Elder


 Heart and Soul
The original 1938 version was performed by 
Larry Clinton & his Orchestra featuring Bea Wain.
Many covers have been recorded.
  • Larry Clinton (#1),
  • Eddy Duchin (#12)
  • Al Donahue (#16)
  • The Four Aces (#11)
  • Johnny Maddox (#57)
  • The Cleftones (#18)
  • Jan and Dean (#25)
In 1999, American music critic Dave Marsh listed
The Cleftones' "Heart and Soul" as No. 913 in his book, The Heart of Rock & Soul: 
The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made.
The Cleftones - 1961

You can always tell a real friend: 
when you've made a fool of yourself 
he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.

Laurence J. Peter

King Lear and the Fool in the Storm - William Dyce

Daddy's Home
Reached #2 on the Billboard popular music chart. 
Shep and the Limelites

Failure is unimportant. 
It takes courage to 
make a fool of yourself.
Charlie Chaplin

Who's the Fool - Susanne Clark

I'm a Fool to Care
Hit #15 on the U.S. Black Singles chart
and #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
"I'm a Fool to Care" sold over
one million copies by 1968, 
earning a gold record designation.
Joe Barry - 1961

from The Triple Fool
John Donne

I am two fools, I know,

For loving, and for saying so

In whining poetry;

But where's that wise man, 
that would not be I,

If she would not deny?
The Sleeping Fool - Cecil Collins
No man is so foolish but he may
sometimes give another good counsel,
and no man so wise that he may not
easily err if he takes no
other counsel than his own.
He that is taught only by
himself has a fool for a master.
Hunter S. Thompson

The Fools Rule the World - Gyurka