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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Run, Forrest! Run!

Today's History Lesson...the movies

From the humble beginnings of the cinema have been films with memorable movie lines, those that spark moments of happiness, laughter, sadness and tears. Then, there are the movies themselves...the unforgettable ones, the ones we watch time and time again never growing tired of any dialogue, scene, action or romance...Gone With the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942), The Sound of Music (1965), Grease (1978), Top Gun (1986), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and Titanic (1997), The Pianist (2002) just to name a few. Notice two were mentioned from the 90s and such is decade for the movie on this day in history.

This Day in History: July 6, 1994

Run, Forrest! Run! Forrest Gump, an American epic romantic comedy-drama film opens in US theatres on July 6, 1994. The film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom won Tom Hanks his second Oscar, Best Actor in a leading role. As of July 3, 2014, Forrest Gump ranked 31st in the All-Time Box Office charts.

Did you know...
With every transition of Forrest's age, one thing remains the same- in the first scene of each transition he wears a blue plaid shirt.
Forrest and Dan's Shrimp Emporium "Bubba Gump" is now a themed restaurant in 33 locations around the world in the U.S., Japan, China, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines and Bali.
Gary Sinise's lower legs were wrapped in a special blue fabric that allowed them to be digitally removed later.
The girl in the school bus with the red hair is Tom Hanks's daughter Elizabeth Hanks
Bill Murray, John Travolta and Chevy Chase turned down the role of Forrest Gump. Travolta later admitted that passing on the role was a mistake.
The necklace worn by Lt. Dan is a rosary with a Saint Christopher medal, inscribed "Protect Us In Combat". It was worn in Vietnam by Gary Sinise's brother-in-law, Jack Treese, in 1967-68.
These & so much more found @ Forest Gump (1994) Trivia
The movie's line "My Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." was voted as the #40 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
Forrest Gump (1994) Goofs

Forrest Gump (1994) Goofs

How closely do you really watch and listen to a movie? With any movie production, there are always 'goofs'...anachronisms, audio/visual not synchronized, character errors, lack of continuity, errors in geography, factual errors, etc. Most interesting are scenes incorrectly regarded as goofs that the review team decides it best to leave as is. One of the best 'goofs' in Forrest Gump is the obvious revealing mistake (among others) where... 
Dan's first successful shrimp catch after the hurricane where they are emptying their full shrimp nets onto the deck of the boat, the shrimp nets are full of headless shrimp. Shrimp caught in nets are complete animals, and they are processed on the boat after they are dumped, at which time their heads are removed. Shrimp boats do NOT catch pre-processed shrimp from the waters of the gulf.
Truth about the Smiley...

The film suggests that Forrest Gump inspired the happy face logo in the late 1970s. Although there is dispute as to when and who originated The Smiley face (sometime in the mid 1960s) it was being commonly used in the early 1970s by brothers Murray and Bernard Spain, who used the image in a campaign to sell novelty items such as pin back buttons. The smiley face had already passed its peak of popularity by the late 1970s when the film suggests it was first created.
Have a nice day! Put on your happy face and make someone smile!