Wednesday, January 20, 2010

One of those things was not like the others


“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind; the answer is blowin’ in the wind.” So sang Peter, Paul, and Mary many moons ago in response to all the questions in all those verses by Bob Dylan.

But the question being answered today is not Bob Dylan’s; it’s mine from yesterday: Which one of the seven people pictured in my January 19 post doesn’t have what the other six have?

There were not many entries, and even though there was a very big clue right in front of your eyes, no one guessed the right answer. Pity.

The answer, my friend, is not blowin’ in the wind. The answer is in the next paragraph.

I showed you photos of actress Jean Stapleton (Edith Bunker), trumpeter Louis Armstrong, songstress (is that a word?) Dolly Parton, poet/author Edgar Allan Poe, Olympic athlete Al Joyner, rock-star druggie Janis Joplin, and military leader Robert E. Lee; and I told you that six of them have something in common. Well, for your information, the one who didn’t have what the other six had was Louis Armstrong. So I won’t keep you waiting any longer. The time to reveal the difference has come -- drum roll please! -- All the people in yesterday’s post except Louis Armstrong had January 19th birthdays. Louis Armstrong, not to be outdone, had a July 4th birthday.

For the record (no pun intended), nobody in this photo was born on January 19 either.

6 comments:

Sam said...

I read in this morning's paper that the person (or persons) who have left the cognac at Poe's grave on his birthday for the past 60 years failed to show yesterday. I guess this economy is in worse shape than I thought!

Carolina said...

Slapping my forehead now!

rhymeswithplague said...

Sam, either that or the cognac-deliverer has gone on to his or her reward.

Carolina (in Nederland), see how simple it turned out to be? But your guesses (Dolly Parton's obvious assets, Al Joyner's speed, General Lee's beard) were good ones! And, in a manner of speaking, you were correct! They just were not the answer I was seeking.

Putz said...

paul stookey is from rush valley, clover utah, where i did a post on an alien sighting near tooele, where i grew up...he returned once to visit when i was visiting dan bush also from rush valley

Katherine said...

Ah, so nothing to do with apos'trophe's' then?

rhymeswithplague said...

Putz, okay, then.

Katherine, no, noth'ing to do w'ith apos'trophe's'...!