David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Husbands and Wives

Husbands and Wives

• Before Janine Dunn married country and western singer Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn fame, he was married to someone else, and he told Janine, “I’m headed for divorce.” Because she did not want to get involved with a married man, she replied, “When that happens, call me.” Later, she was in the fiction section of a bookshop when a man who thought of himself as a psychic told her that she would love a tall and rangy man. Janine and her mother thought about whom such a man could be, and the only tall and rangy man Janine knew was Ronnie Dunn. Janine told her mother, “It would be a cold day in h*ll before I’d marry him.”

• When she was in high school, Al Gore’s wife, Tipper, used to play drums in an all-girl band called the Wildcats. It’s no wonder that Secret Service agents gave her the code name “Skylark” when her husband was Vice President. By the way, sometimes, in-laws can be pushy. For a while, Al Gore’s mother bought all of Tipper’s clothing until Al made her stop. Also by the way, media representatives tend to always be present around such politicians and their wives as Al and Tipper Gore. In a comic protest, Tipper once soaked a few reporters with a water pistol.

• Levi Yitzhak was a great believer and a great optimist who believed in being prepared. When his son was to be married, he sent out an announcement declaring that the wedding would be held at Jerusalem on a particular date at a particular time. The announcement then said, “But if, by chance, the Messiah will not yet have arrived, the wedding will take place on the same date and at the same time here in Berditchev.”

• Ellen Terry was a remarkably popular actress of the late 19th century. According to George Bernard Shaw, every theatergoer at one time or another fell in love with her. Agreeing, James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, says that in the 1880s and 1890s, men sometimes proposed by saying, “As there’s no chance of Ellen Terry marrying me, will you?”

• Some country and western singers are very practical. For example, when one of Trace Adkin’s early wives (not Rhonda) shot him, one of the things he immediately thought about was that he had new carpet and he did not want to bleed on it. So he walked over to a tile floor, collapsed, and bled on the tile.

• In 1952, TV’s Mister Rogers proposed to his wife, Joanne, in an unusual way: he wrote her a letter. She was so excited by the proposal that she called him on the telephone to accept. (At one time, long-distance telephone calls were a lot more expensive than they are now.)

Illnesses and Injuries

• Disney will often invite young guests to be VIPs at such events as Disney ice shows. For example, in 2010, three-year-old Amber Saqib, a survivor of heart surgery, was a VIP guest at a Disney on Ice event in Newcastle, England. Performing on ice were characters from Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, The Lion King, Pinocchio, Toy Story, and more. As a VIP guest, Amber met Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Also attending the event were Amber’s mother, Leanne, as well as Leanne’s friend Joanne Stephenson, who is the mother of Amber’s best friend, three-year-old Maisie. Leanne said, “We’ve been looking forward to it almost as much as the girls. We knew we were coming four weeks ago but didn’t tell Amber until only about a week ago and she was so excited. She’s been looking through the program at all the different things she wants to see.” Amber’s heart operation was successful and probably saved her life; fortunately, her heart condition was diagnosed early. Leanne said about Amber, “She’s absolutely fine; she’s just gone from strength to strength. You would never know apart from her scar. She calls it her ‘magic zip.’ I was dreading the surgery, but it’s amazing to think how quickly she’s made a recovery. I was a wreck for months before, but now she’s come through the surgery it’s as if I feel like a new person, too.”


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