Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shark Attacks In New Jersey

It's been a rather chilly day with June just around the corner. I picked up Coco today from school and he was singing the whole walk home. I guess when you're so close to the end of the school year everything is great.

It's do or die tonight for the Blackhawks. I'm betting on a Chicago victory.

Legendary poet Maya Angelou passed away today. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010.

Clint Eastwood has a new movie coming out in June. He's turned the Broadway play 'Jersey Boys' into a movie. This is an interesting choice and I'm going to make some time to see it as the previews looked very good. Hopefully, it will be playing at the Oriental Theatre.

Speaking of Jersey, Coco and I watched a fascinating special last night about the summer of 1916 shark attacks off the New Jersey coast. It inspired the book 'Jaws' by Peter Benchley and the movie directed by a young Steven Spielberg. Take out the Hollywood special effects and the movie mirrors real life events.

During a 12 day period in July of 1916, 5 people were attacked by sharks with only 1 person surviving. It was at the height of tourist season and the national media was all over the story. President Woodrow Wilson even put out a bounty on sharks. $100 was a lot of cabbage in those days. This led to a Barnum and Bailey lion tamer named Michael Schleisser to catch a 7 1/2 foot great white shark. The shark indeed had recent human remains in it's belly and no further attacks were noted.

Maybe Lake Michigan in the summer isn't so bad after all.


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