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The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds: Volume 1 By David Bruce
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The doing of good deeds is important. As a free person, you can choose to live your life as a good person or as a bad person. To be a good person, do good deeds. To be a bad person, do bad deeds. If... More > you do good deeds, you will become good. If you do bad deeds, you will become bad. To become the person you want to be, act as if you already are that kind of person. Each of us chooses what kind of person we will become. To become a hero, do the things a hero does. To become a coward, do the things a coward does. The opportunity to take action to become the kind of person you want to be is yours. This book collects 250 stories of good deeds from the arts, from religion, and from life.< Less
The Funniest People in Books and Music: 500 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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“The Funniest People in Books and Music” contains such anecdotes as these: 1) When Peg Bracken started writing, she would often type the first page of a famous short story for... More > inspiration. Often, she discovered that the page did not look as impressive typed on a sheet of paper as it did printed on a page in a book, so sometimes she would imitate her English professor and write on the sheet of paper: “You can do better than this, Mr. Faulkner.” 2) In 1950, André Previn played jazz in Baltimore with a couple of American-African musicians. Afterward, he went into a diner, where a couple of white men asked him, “Why the hell don’t you play with your own kind?” Mr. Previn replied, “Well, to tell you the truth, I wanted to, but I couldn’t find two other Jews that swing.”< Less
The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds: Volume 5 By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contain 250 stories about good deeds, including this one: When Paul Dver was a high-school student, he met comedian Soupy Sales, became friends with him, and even... More > occasionally talked to him on the telephone. Paul would tell his fellow high-school students that he was friends with Soupy Sales, and of course they didn’t believe him. One day, Paul asked Soupy for a favor. Paul and a friend were appearing in a play, and Paul asked Soupy to record an advertisement for them because if it were recorded in Soupy’s voice the local radio station would play it. Soupy did more than just record the advertisement as written. He threw in some ad-libs and made it funny. Of course, Paul’s high-school friends were amazed to hear Soupy’s voice on the radio advertising Paul and his friend’s play.< Less
The Funniest People in Sports and Neighborhoods: 500 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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This book contains such anecdotes as these: 1) Bob Zuppke coached the football Illini for years. In a discussion of football rules, someone described a play and asked whether the officials had made... More > the right call. Before answering, however, Mr. Zuppke asked, “Which team made the foul—Illinois or the other one?” 2) At a Westminster Dog Show in Madison Square Garden, a woman was selling an expensive coat made for dogs. Saying “We want her dog to look as smart as madame,” the saleslady held up a pink cocktail coat made out of embroidered silk with a lining of mohair. Sportswriter Robert Lipsyte asked her, “When would a dog wear that?” The saleslady replied, “After five o’clock.” 3) Shannon Martin was six years old when she won an age-12-and-under roping contest, for which she was written up in the “Roping Sports News.” Because she hadn’t learned to read yet, she kept saying to her father, “Come on, Dad. Read it again.”< Less
The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds: Volume 3 By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about good deeds, including this one: Because of illness, comedian/singer Martha Raye was unable to appear on Garry Moore’s nighttime show, so... More > Carol Burnett, then a relative unknown, was asked to replace her. Ms. Raye watched the show, then mock-complained to Mr. Moore, “I knew you were going to have to get someone good to replace me—but did you have to get someone that good?” She also sent Ms. Burnett twelve roses.< Less
The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds: Volume 4 By David Bruce
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Print edition. Comedian Danny Thomas received his greatest compliment from Mike Todd, who was in a nightclub while Mr. Thomas was performing. Mr. Todd had lifted his coffee cup from his saucer when... More > Mr. Thomas went into the dramatic part in his “Ode to the Wailing Lebanese.” Mr. Todd felt it was inappropriate to put the coffee cup to his lips at such a dramatic moment, and he was afraid that he would make a noise if he set the coffee cup back down. So he held the coffee cup suspended in mid-air for three minutes, until the dramatic part was over.< Less
The Funniest People in Books and Music: 500 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Paperback edition. “The Funniest People in Books and Music” contains such anecdotes as these: 1) When Peg Bracken started writing, she would often type the first page of a famous short... More > story for inspiration. Often, she discovered that the page did not look as impressive typed on a sheet of paper as it did printed on a page in a book, so sometimes she would imitate her English professor and write on the sheet of paper: “You can do better than this, Mr. Faulkner.” 2) In 1950, André Previn played jazz in Baltimore with a couple of American-African musicians. Afterward, he went into a diner, where a couple of white men asked him, “Why the hell don’t you play with your own kind?” Mr. Previn replied, “Well, to tell you the truth, I wanted to, but I couldn’t find two other Jews that swing.”< Less
The Funniest People in Dance: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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This book contains 250 anecdotes, including these: 1) Opera singer Mary Garden sometimes watched rehearsals of the Ballets Russes with Sergei Diaghilev, and she noticed just how much attention to... More > detail he paid. On one occasion, he noticed a tiny flower in a dancer’s hair and ordered her to remove it because the color wasn’t right. Ms. Garden asked him, “Don’t you ever rest?” Mr. Diaghilev replied, “My dear Mary, there is all eternity to rest.” Ms. Garden writes, “I don’t wonder it was the greatest ballet company in the world.” 2) Whenever the Merce Cunningham Dance Company performed, many dancers sat in the audience. A non-dancer at a performance looked at the audience members as they walked around during the intermission and said, “I’ve never seen an audience so erect, with such beautiful posture.”< Less
The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds: Volume 2 By David Bruce
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This book collects 250 stories about good deeds, including this one: When the great 19th-century actor Sir Henry Irving discovered an old woman who needed money to survive but who couldn’t... More > work, he would hire her to take care of the cats in his theater. Later, he was going to hire an old woman to take care of the cats, but then he discovered that he had already hired three old women to take care of the cats. Therefore, he hired this old woman to take care of the three old women who took care of the cats.< Less
The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds: Volume 3 By David Bruce
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Free download. This book contains 250 anecdotes about good deeds, including this one: Because of illness, comedian/singer Martha Raye was unable to appear on Garry Moore’s nighttime show, so... More > Carol Burnett, then a relative unknown, was asked to replace her. Ms. Raye watched the show, then mock-complained to Mr. Moore, “I knew you were going to have to get someone good to replace me—but did you have to get someone that good?” She also sent Ms. Burnett twelve roses.< Less