Groucho Speaks! A Book Review of The Groucho Letters

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The_Best_Game_Ever_250Who’s the best comedic commentator too many people haven’t really seen? Long before Jon Stewart, ages prior to SNL’s Weekend Update, decades in advance of Johnny Carson and even years ahead of Bob Hope, the world had Groucho Marx. A biting satirist when needed, Groucho had an advantage over all these heirs: He had no pretentions about his own humble beginnings (vaudevillian slapstick can do that to anyone). How did Groucho achieve this while Stewart, SNL and, at times both Carson and Hope, fail the snideness test?

Many credit Irving Thalberg with the successful relaunch of the Marx Brothers. After a five year run with Paramount, the Marx Brothers left the studio over a disagreement. Thalberg picked up the act for MGM. Though their Paramount movies proved popular, those pictures lacked something. Thalberg knew what the films overlooked. Besides a traditional story line, Continue Reading “Groucho Speaks! A Book Review of The Groucho Letters

Day – 4 November 17, 2009 (Tue): Writing your First Tweets

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Start of Day Twitter Stats: Follow: 8 Followers: 8 Listed: 0

Missed yesterday? Go here to read what happened on Day 3 – November 16, 2009 (Mon): Read Around

twitter_power_joel_comm_150Here’s my first tweet:

RT @erichnwise: RT @MightyMovie Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others. Groucho Marx #quotes #movies 7:35 PM Nov 14th from CoTweet

You’ll notice several things about this tweet:

  • It’s not really my own, but a retweet. Worse, it’s a retweet of a retweet.
  • I actually tweeted this from CoTweet.
  • Finally, the official first tweet was on day 1.

After this RT, I didn’t begin tweeting in earnest, however, until Day 4. Here’s the first tweet on that day:

@mikemcbride9 Wow! That must have been me tweeting about the #Buffalo #Bills from that site (with a Chicagoan). It was a bad game (wotznew?) 11:06 AM Nov 17th from web in reply to mikemcbride9

Notice once more how I’ve gotten ahead of myself. Don’t blame me for this one, though. I popped on my news Twitter during a morning break to find Mike had followed me on and I wanted to redirect him to a more appropriate account. I figured Mike didn’t really care about fiduciary news. I also discovered I should avoid even casual tweets to those who do care about fiduciary news. From now on, it’s DM only for them.

I also decided to jump the gun and I followed any “Carosa” I could find in the twitterverse.

How many followers do you think I’ll have after 30 days? Click here to enter your guess on my Survey Monkey survey “Chris Carosa’s 30-Day Plan to Dominate Twitter Experiment.” There’s no prize, but the fan who guesses the closest correct number the earliest will “win” and I’ll mention you if you want me to.

Find out today’s results on Day 5 – November 18, 2009 (Wed): Start Following

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