A more perfect union

And be careful. I’ll be checking it twice.

Actor David Huddleston in Santa Claus: The Movie

We are on day 183 of 15 days to slow the spread.

American actor David Huddleston was born in Vinton, Virginia on this day in 1930. He died in 2016. While the quotes from Blazing Saddles and The Big Lebowski were funnier, this is a family(ish) blog.

I never met David Huddleston. But his brother, Hayden, was a news celebrity at the NBC affiliate in Roanoke. When I was freshly out of college, and still considering a career in journalism, I interviewed with Hayden Huddleston for an on the air reporter spot. He told me that he couldn’t offer me that job, but asked if I would be interested in working as a camera operator.

Being young, and stupid, I turned him down.

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It was another one of those left turns. And yes, as a matter of fact, I had recently been through Albuquerque.

It will do no good to brood over choices that I did or didn’t make.

But don’t be surprised if one day it serves as inspiration for a novel, or at least another blog post.

Speaking of inspiration, when was the last time you read these words?

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Today is Constitution Day. The United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia on this day in 1787.

It would probably do us all good, especially in today’s climate, to pull out our copy, or pull it up on the web and read it today.

Perhaps several times.

Finally, for now, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Hank Williams, was born on this day in 1923 (died 1953).


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