Friday, July 3, 2015

Robin Williams as the American Flag


A Little Known Robin Williams Story

Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider.

For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event- anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider. This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do).

This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.

When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work.

I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back.

I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions.

He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.

US Citizen's Quiz

My husband and I did this together. We got 25 out of 25.  
My husband says this is 5th grade stuff!  

See how much you still know . . .

Get 15 or more correct to pass!

Here is sample of the test - but you have to click on this link to take it
and find out how much you know . . . or don't know!!

1. Who is considered to be the "Father of Our Country"?
    George Washington
    Alexander Hamilton
    Thomas Jefferson
    James Madison
    Christopher Columbus
2. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
    George Washington
    Alexander Hamilton
    Thomas Jefferson
    James Madison
    Christopher Columbus
3. What is the supreme law of the land?
    The Executive Branch
    The Constitution
    The Honor System
    The Bill of Rights
    The Magna Carta
4. The notion of self-government is present in the first three words of the Constitution. What are the three words?
    United we stand...
    Give me your...
    We the people...
    Congress shall make...
    You have the...
5. The first ten amendments to the Constitution are called...
    Article One
    The Bill of Rights
    The Declaration of Independence
    The Federalist Papers
    The Preamble
6. How many amendments does the Constitution have in total?
7. What is one right or freedom NOT provided by the First Amendment?
    pursuit of happiness
    petition the government
8. How many U.S. senators are there and how long is a senator's term?
    50 senators; 2 years
    50 senators; 6 years
    100 senators; 2 years
    100 senators; 6 years
9. Why do some states have more representatives than other states?
    States with more people have more representatives
    States with more land have more representatives
    Each state has the same number of representatives
    Each state's number of representatives is random
10. What other position does the commander in chief of the military hold?
    Vice President
    Speaker of the House
    Secretary of State
    Secretary of Defense
11. If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president?
    Attorney General
    House Majority Leader
    Speaker of the House
    Secretary of State
    Secretary of Defense
12. Which of the following is not a branch of government?
    None of the above
13. What stops any one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
    Executive Orders
    The United Nations
    The National Security Agency
    A system of checks and balances
    Journalists and the national media
14. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government, and some powers belong to the states. Which is not a power of the federal government?
    print money
    provide driver's licenses
    declare war
    create an army
    make treaties

15. Who was president during World War I?
    Woodrow Wilson
    Lyndon B. Johnson
    Richard Nixon
    Franklin D. Roosevelt
    George H.W. Bush
16. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
    All of the above
    None of the above
17. How old must a citizen be to vote for president?
18. What is the economic system in the United States?
19. Which state does not border Mexico?
    New Mexico
20. Which of the following is NOT an American Indian tribe in the United States?
21. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax returns?
    January 1
    April 15
    May 20
    July 4
    December 31
22. What is the political party of the current president?
23. What is the capital of the United States?
    Philadelphia, PA
    Annapolis, MD
    New York, NY
    Washington, DC
    Juneau, AK
24. What do the stripes on the American flag represent?
    The number of signatures on the Declaration of Independence
    The number of signatures on the Constitution
    The original 10 colonies
    The original 13 colonies
25. Which of the following is not a federal holiday?
    Memorial Day
    Election Day
    Independence Day
    Labor Day
    Veterans Day

Fourth of July - A Time To Remember

Ronald Reagan - July 4th 1981:
Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should!