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Joke of the Day – March 19, 2011

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Top 45 Oxymoron’s: 45. Act naturally 44. Found missing 43. Resident alien 42. Advanced BASIC 41. Genuine imitation 40. Airline Food 39. Good grief 38. Same difference 37. Almost exactly 36. Government organization 35. Sanitary landfill 34. Alone together 33. Legally drunk 32. Silent scream 31. Living dead 30. Small crowd 29. Business ethics 28. Soft rock 27. Butt Head 26. Military Intelligence 25. Software documentation 24. New classic 23. Sweet sorrow 22. Childproof 21. “Now, then …” 20. Synthetic natural gas 19. Passive aggression 18. Taped live 17. Clearly misunderstood 16. Peace force 15. Extinct Life 14. Temporary tax increase 13. Computer jock 12. Plastic glasses 11. Terribly pleased 10. Computer security 9. Political science 8. Tight slacks 7. Definite maybe 6. Pretty ugly 5. Twelve-ounce pound cake 4. Diet ice cream 3. Working vacation 2. Exact estimate 1. Microsoft Works]]]]> ]]>

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Happy 5th birthday, kid!

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Photo by David Day

A very lucky little guy was unlucky enough to turn 5 smack dab in the middle of the Covid-19 outbreak. Social distancing means he couldn’t have a party with his friends. So his parents arranged a special surprise for him. A drive-by birthday!

Law enforcement from the State Police, the Sheriff’s Office including Sheriff Pace, the Vicksburg Police Department, the City Fire Department including a motorcycle riding Chief Danczyk and Warren County fire fighters including fire boss Jerry Briggs and E-911 coordinator Shane Garrard all drove by with lights and sirens to make this birthday in a special time a special day.

Most of the officials did this on their time off so as not to disrupt normal services.

“Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you so much!!” shouted the proud parents.

In addition to all the police and fire fighters several of his friends drove by holding cards saying “Happy Birthday!” At least 10 cars drove by in the 15 minutes the Vicksburg Daily News observed the scene.

The 5 year old can be seen waving to all the police and fire fighters and seemed a bit overwhelmed at the outpouring of love while the birthday boy donned his snazzy ninja birthday suit.

 

Here is a video of the drive by:

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A brief Sunday fish story

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David and Josh McMullin show off their catch for today. (photo by Thomas Parker)

David and Josh McMullin travel every spring to spend a few days at Sunset View RV Park and Campground on Eagle Lake.

This year as well as last, the Missouri duo had to travel further due to travel issues caused by flooding, but that didn’t hamper their fishing.

The Crappie and White Perch are biting. Fishermen are asked to use caution around piers and be courteous to not create a large wake when traveling the waters.

The McMullin’s catch of the day at Eagle Lake.

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‘Tiny Dancer’ connects Elton John to Vicksburg

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Last weekend during the Academy Awards, Jeff Burnett asked in a Facebook group if there was any truth to the rumor that Elton John spent time in Vicksburg years ago. While John may never have visited the area, he does have a connection.

Bernie Taupin, John’s long-time writing partner, shared the Best Original Song Oscar win last weekend. Taupin’s former wife is Maxine Feibelman Taupin, and Maxine had several family members who lived in Vicksburg.

Maxine’s father, Max Feibelman, left Vicksburg after graduation for the Air Force Academy. Following a distinguished military career, he entered the private sector and traveled the globe as an inventor and government consultant. Among his many influential friends and contemporaries is astronaut John Glenn. Max and his wife Harriet settled in the Los Angeles area and had two daughters, Maxine and Leslie.

Bernie Taupin and Elton John in 1971.

Maxine and Taupin met in California in 1970 and married in England in 1971. Elton John was Taupin’s best man at the wedding. The couple divorced in 1976.

Maxine’s grandmother and two aunts lived at 815 Grove St., and for years, operated Adele’s House of Fashion on Washington Street. Her uncle, Cedric Feibelman, was a well-known local attorney whose true passion was hunting and fishing.

Cedric’s best friend was attorney Bill Ramsey who had a house at Eagle Lake. On numerous occasions during their years together, Bernie Taupin and Maxine would come to visit and stay at Ramsey’s lake house so Taupin could write.

It is known that “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” was just one of the songs written on these trips. Taupin wrote at least six songs dedicated to Maxine during the course of their relationship, the most famous of which is “Tiny Dancer.”

Maxine Taupin (painting by Keith McDowell, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49928167)

Last year, after the success of John’s autobiography “Me,” and the movie “Rocketman,” Maxine revealed she had numerous hand-written song lyrics that she had kept following the divorce. She sold them at auction in December garnering over $1 million. The most famous of these was “Candle in the Wind,” an ode to Marilyn Monroe that John and Taupin famously altered as a tribute to Princess Diana following her death.

Maxine, now 68, is a film producer and entrepreneur. She lives in California and travels the world.

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