Witches of Eastwick - Thursday, May 7, 2015

The movie-going public loves their supernatural characters - vampires, zombies, werewolves and, of course, witches.  The 1984 John Updike book The Witches of Eastwick proved to be a very popular novel in the genre, such that it was translated into numerous television shows and musical productions.  It was also, of course, a very popular movie in 1986 starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Cher.

The story tells of three witches (Pfeiffer, Sarandon and Cher) all without husbands who wind up dating one man - the devilish Daryl Van Horne (Jack Nicholson) - who tricks them into disrupting life in their Rhode Island town by misusing their magic.  They hunger for vengeance upon discovering Van Horne's duplicity in a story some describe as strongly feminist, others describe as misogynistic.  Regardless, the film proved to be quite popular in its day and was even nominated for two Academy Awards (it won neither).
QUESTION:  Which actor received top billing for The Witches of Eastwick?
A)  Michelle Pfeiffer
B)  Susan Sarandon
C)  Cher
D)  Jack Nicholson

GO MICHIGAN!  On this day in 1992, the government of the State of Michigan ratified a law that forbids the United States Congress in Washington to give themselves mid-term pay raises, effectively making the 27th Amendment to the Constitution the law of the land.  The law was first introduced by James Madison as one of the original Bill of Rights.  It took 203 years to regulate the Congress' ability to give themselves more money on a whim.  Thank you, Michigan.

TO THE TOP.  Today, we would like to make a special call-out to a special American who few remember.  His name was Bill Hoyt, and today is his birthday.  Born in 1875, he left his mark on this country with his skills as a pole vaulter.  In fact, the Connecticut-born athlete competed in the first modern Olympics, located in Athens, Greece in the year 1896.  His jump was a record- making 3.3 meters.  (The current record was made in 2012 by Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, at 6.16 meters)

QUOTE:  The minute that you're not learning, I believe you're dead. - Jack Nicholson

ANSWER:  D)  Jack Nicholson, followed by Cher, Sarandon, and Pfeiffer in that order.