Hello to my friends who drop by to see what has caught my interest today. First, I hope that your day has been very good for you. I have not had a good day as my mental help worker called and asked me all those questions to make you realise just how abnormal you and your mind is. When I got off the phone and wrote my appointment in my diary I found a disc that I listen to when I was raising the children and had a horrid day. It got me thinking and you are now going to read the result…
I am going to make this one very personal so get ready to see a little of the old Adrienne. I am going to write about something that is very close to my heart – special moments in history. If you stop reading now you will later regret it, as this is one of those special moments. A special moment is a point in time that defines a person; a movement; a gathering, a generation, a civilization. A special moment can be as simple as a family celebration or as momentous as a revolution. I have heard individual’s debates centre around what they were doing ‘when JFK was shot’ ; ‘the awe inspired wonder as Sputnik 1 was sighted in the night sky in 1957’ or ‘on hearing Neil Armstrong’s famous words direct from the moon’, and ‘the anguish felt over the death of Dianne Princess of Wales’. These are fairly recent special moments. We have them stretching back as far as the dawn of time. Some Earth-changing and others meaningless except to those involved. However, without them, you would not be the person you are today.
Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian Renaissance Man was also a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. Leo from his childhood experiences maintained that his interest came from his early omens (renaissance’s speak for (a special moment). A kite dropped from the sky and hovered over his cradle allowing the tail feathers to brush his face; whilst the second happened as he was exploring in the mountains, and discovered a cave. He was terrified as a great monster might lurk there but was also driven by curiosity to find out what was inside. His special moment has given pleasure and satisfaction to billions.
J.D. Salinger had his special moment when he met Professor Whit Burnett, and eventually allowed himself to be pushed into writing. This special moment not only changed JD’s life but gave us one of the best-known books of modern times ‘Catcher in the Rye’. I have included this one as it is one of my favourite novels, but was one of the most monumental novels of the 20th century
Frederick Douglass’ special moment occurred when he was about eight and was shipped off to Baltimore to work as a houseboy with Hugh and Sophia Auld. Sophia taught him the alphabet and Frederick then taught himself to read. From his special moment Frederick Douglass, a former slave became an eminent human rights leader in the abolition movement as well as being the first African American nominated for vice president of the United States. (1818 –1895) Frederick’ special moment demonstrated that if you believe in yourself everything is possible.
Queen Boudicca, leader of the Iceni people led a key revolt against conquering Roman forces. Her special moment occurred when the Romans tried to steal the property of the tribesmen and rule her people. In 60 AD, Boudicca’s and her warriors successfully defeated the Roman Ninth Legion in Roman Britain. Boudicca’s special moment gave birth to the feminist movement. She is included not just for what she did but she is one of my personal favourite historical characters.
Arthur Kanofsky’s special moment, was as he managed to get 57 jazz musicians to pose for a picture in front of a brownstone in Harlem, New York City. Art Kane created history as he clinked that shutter about 10 a.m. on August 12, that summer of 1958. The photo is now identified as an important object in the history of jazz. An interesting snippet about the photo, Spielberg used it as the reason for Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) coming to the United States. Viktor needed to get Benny Golson’s autograph, thus completing his deceased father’s collection of autographs from the musicians pictured in the photo (The Terminal).
Above is the picture and I became quite enthralled with that special moment. How did the jazz musicians feel, apart from being annoyed at being up before 10am? And Art as he shoots this iconic piece of history? Did any of them ever imagine that in 2018 people would look at this photo with astonishment, delight and desire? Did any of them know that this was one of their special moments?
None of us knows what the future has planned for us or when our special moment will occur. It may not even be up to us to decide, we have no way of knowing when that epic moment will happen, so we should never let any moment go, for today’s events are tomorrow’s history.
I would like to acknowledge that this image is the work of photographer Art Kane. Any information I used in relation to this image was cited in Wikipedia.
Please note that this image is copyrighted to Art Kane.
Musicians the photograph –
With a little luck when you click on the musos name it should take you to their page in Wikipedia. I could not find any more information for Bill Crump other then his name listed if you can help please let me know.