Sir Thomas More Born February 7, 1478

Thomas-MoreSir Thomas More or Saint Thomas More is one of the great figures in both political and religious history.  To Henry The VIII he was a good friend and confidant as well as an enemy and a betrayer of England.  To Catholics he is a saint and was martyred for his Catholic faith.  For Protestants he was no hero to the faith as he stood against the reformation.  Thomas More was a complex man living in a complex time.

Thomas More was born on February 7, 1478 and died on July 6, 1535.  During his lifetime he was a lawyer an author a statesman and Lord High Chancellor of England as well as a renascences humanist.  He is even highly regarded in Russia as an early communist do to his view on property in his Book Utopia.

There is much to write about More.  He didn’t start out to be a Lawyer but a monk, he soon came to realize that the life of a Monk was not for him.  He was a pious man that firmly believed in the tenets of The Catholic Church and The Popes rule of the Church.  He was in conflict with Martin Luther and William Tyndale when the reformation began.

Henry the VIII was married to Catherin of Aragon for a number of years and she had not produced a male heir for him, though she did have two daughters Mary and Elizabeth.  This was the 14th century and so science had not yet discovered that men were the ones that decided the sex of a child.  Henry wanted a male heir to his throne and appealed to the Pope to allow him to divorce in order for him to marry Anne Boleyn.  The Pope refused to allow this.  After several attempts to persuade the Pope to allow the divorce, Henry made the decision that England would break with the Catholic Church.

It is here that we must pause a moment.  The reformation of the church was brought about by Martin Luther.  Luther recognized that the clergy and the church itself had become corrupt.  The selling of indulgences to get you or a loved one out of purgatory was a common practice,  As well as the worshipping of relics.

An indulgence was given for a certain act performed or a certain amount of money paid.  You could make a pilgrimage to The Holy Land or Rome and receive one thousand or more years out of purgatory, the greater the offering or act the more years taken off.

 A relic is a piece of something owned by a saint or Jesus himself.  At the time many were selling pieces of the “true” cross, in fact so many people were selling these that the cross of Jesus must have been made out of an entire forest of wood.  Actually pieces of the true cross are still available on E-Bay today.  They range from $285.00 to $3200.00.   There were also major discrepancies between the Bible and the practices of the Catholic Church.  These became more and more apparent as Luther read more and more of The New Testament.  

Henry did not, at first, want a break from the Catholic Church.  He was considered a defender of The Church, but he also knew what he wanted, and in the end made the church of England separate from the church of Rome, and made himself Ruler of the Church of England thereby allowing himself the divorce he desired. 

Thomas More could not openly disagree with Henry and so he stayed silent on the matter.  Whenever he was asked about Henry being the head of the church More’s reply would be that “he was a faithful subject to the king.”   Henry however wanted More’s approval and so he made the noblemen of England take an Oath of Supremacy.  This Thomas More would not do.  First Henry had More locked in the tower of London.  More still would not take the oath.  So on July 6, 1535 Henry had More beheaded.  His head was then placed on traitors gate, a part of London Bridge, where it is said his daughter Margaret took it.

What happened to More’s head is uncertain.  We do know two things.  More’s daughter’s married name was Roper.  In 1824 a lead box was found in The Roper Family Vault at St. Dustan’s in Canterbury.  In that box was a head which is presumed to be Thomas More’s the head was put on display in St. Dustan’s for a time and then returned to the family vault   In 1978 the vault was opened again and the head still is there in its lead box.  DNA testing was unavailable in 1978 so it would take another opening for final proof.  Since his daughter is also in the crypt a DNA test is possible.  More’s body is reportedly buried in The Tower Of London, but there are other claims to that sight as well.

More’s writing, those pieces which still endure, are still considered relevant today.

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February 6 in Pop Culture History

06February 6 in Pop Culture History

Today is Bob Marley Day in Jamaica and Ethiopia. (He was born on Feb. 6, 1945)

1819 – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founded Singapore.

1820 – The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society left New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia.

1843 – The first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels, opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City.

1891 – The Dalton Gang’s first attempt at train robbery failed. Bob, Grat, and Bill Dalton unsuccessfully tried to rob a Southern Pacific train near Alila, California.

1926 – The National Football League (NFL) adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college class graduated.

1928 – A woman calling herself Anastasia Tschaikovsky and claiming to be the youngest daughter of the murdered czar of Russia arrived in New York City. In 1991, DNA evidence indicated she was not the Russian princess.

1933 – The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect, making the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.

1937 – John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men was published.

1952 – Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the British throne.

1959 – The first patent for an integrated circuit (computer chip) was filed by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments.

1959 – At Cape Canaveral, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile.

1965 – # 1 Hit February 6, 1965 – February 19, 1965: Righteous BrothersYou’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

1971 – Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. He said it went for “miles and miles.”

1978 (Blizzard) The Blizzard of 1978 – One of the worst Nor’easters in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of four inches an hour.

1982 – # 1 Hit February 6, 1982 – March 19, 1982: The J. Geils BandCenterfold

1985 – The French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted its first new product in 123 years. The new items were water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange.

1988 – # 1 Hit February 6, 1988 – February 19, 1988: TiffanyCould’ve Been

1998 – Washington National Airport was renamed the Ronald Reagan National Airport.

2000 – First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally declared that she was a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from the state of New York.

2005 – American Dad premiered on FOX

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The Story Behind Why George Miller’s Justice League was Cancelled

George Miller is an interesting filmmaker. Not only has he had his fair share of triumphs (Mad Max: Fury Road being chief among these) and disappointments. Between these valleys and peaks are the films that never got made. Now, every filmmaker has many films that almost got made, but few ever have one that would have been a masterpiece.

Mad Max: Fury Road certainly almost fell culprit to that when it literally got stuck in production hell for over two decades. But for George Miller, one of these never to be made films was his interpretation of Justice League. Hell, they’re even making a documentary about the Justice League movie that never was. But what happened, exactly?

In a recent interview with THR, Miller spoke about many aspects of his career. During said discussion, Miller’s failed Justice League film was mentioned. Here’s what miller had to say about the whole ordeal:

Justice League was the main one. That was, oh, seven years ago, I think. And there was a really great script. And Warners said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s do a Justice League.’ I really was attracted to it. But there was a writers strike looming. We had to cast it very quickly, which we did with Warner’s casting people. And we cast it really quickly and we mounted it very quickly. And it depended on a start date and it depended on some basic rebate legislation that had just got through a new Australian government. But it was just too big a decision for them to make in the time. And that fell through and the whole film fell through. We almost got there. And it wasn’t to be. But that happens a lot, where films line up and the stars look like they’re aligning and they didn’t.

Miller’s film, titled Justice League Mortal, had a fleshed out pre-production process, as well as a fully formed cast. Here’s a photo that stuntman Greg Van Borssum revealed of almost all of the cast members back in 2007, when the film was scheduled for release sometime in 2009.

The film was set to star:

  •  Armie Hammer as Batman
  • Adam Brody as The Flash
  • DJ Cotrona as Superman
  • Megan Gale as Wonderwoman
  • Common as Green Lantern
  • Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman
  • Teresa Palmer as Talia Al Ghul
  • Zoe Kazan as Iris Allen
  • Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter
  • Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord.

The sad part about all of this is that the film ultimately seemed to fall apart based on the most mundane circumstances possible. I’m sure that the aforementioned documentary will dig into this a little deeper and surely find more of a concrete, dramatic reason why the film eventually did not happen. Regardless, George Miller’s Justice League Mortal will always be in one of those valleys in his career, a true question mark. How do you feel about a George Miller-helmed Justice League film? Let us know in the comments!


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Beauty and the Beast Brings Magic to Philadelphia


(PCM) When stage actor Kevin Kulp isn’t singing or dancing his heart out in the enchanting touring production of “Beauty and the Beast,” he finds other outlets for his creativity.

At age 24, the Morristown, N.J. native is thrilled to be coming back home for the Philadelphia return of the smash hit Broadway musical from February 16-21, as part of the Broadway Philadelphia 2015-2016 season.

The current touring show, which is produced by NETworks Presentations, reunites the creators of the original Broadway production, and promises the same magical experience.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Based on the 1991 Oscar-winning animated film and celebrating 21 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, “Beauty and the Beast” is the 9th longest running musical in Broadway history. It has become an international sensation seen by more than 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and translated into nine different languages. This production began in February 2010 and has been seen by nearly three million people.

“It’s always a special treat when we’re able to invite families and theater loves to come to the relive a classic like Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” said Kimmel Center President and CEO Anne Ewers. “This treasured story, now brought back to life by the Broadway production’s original creators, is sure to be a must-see for fans of all ages.”

Kulp plays a townsperson and enchanted object. His credits include: “Anything Goes”  at The Marriott Theatre, “Miss Saigon”  at the Walnut Street Theatre and Signature Theatre, “A Chorus Line” (Paul), and “The King and I” at the Walnut Street Theatre and Olney Theatre.

Q: When did you join the current tour of “Beauty and the Beast?”

KEVIN KULP: I joined the tour in August. We had three weeks of rehearsal in New York City and we left for the road in September and I am contracted to be with the show until the end of July. It was a long audition process, with lots of call backs. I was there tumbling, singing and acting. We are in Daytona Beach, Florida today and soon head to Philly – my back yard.

Q: Where did you grow up?

KK: Morristown, N.J. Right outside of Philly.

Q: When did you first get the acting bug?

KK: It started when I was little. I sang with the Philadelphia Boys Choir with four years and traveled with them, and we sang a lot of songs from musicals. I was also in The Nutcracker every year at the Academy of Music where “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed so that is thrilling. I loved performing every day and I guess you could say it started from there.

Q: You have tons of local connections?

KK: Yes. I graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, and was in a few shows at the Walnut Street Theater.

Q: Coming home must be exciting. Who is coming to see the show?

KK: I have had lots of friends from Florida, Portland, and L.A. seeing the show at various venues. Now my hometown friends and my family will be coming to Philly, so that is really special to me to be able to share it with them.

Q: Are there any other performers in your family?

KK: No, I am the only one.

Q: Have your parent been supportive or concerned about a show business career?

KK: My parents have been encouraging; they have been truly amazing. They have been my number one supporters since I was little. They have always driven me to auditions and helped in any way that they could.

Q: What do you love about this show?

KK: I love performing in front of an audience every night, and “Beauty and the Beast” is such a fun show it is hard to love it. When you see young children, families and several generations all sharing this, it is really gratifying to see that such a loved musical that everyone has some connection to.

Q: What are some of your of your other favorite Broadway musicals?

KK: I love the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musicals — shows like “Carousel” and “Sound of Music.” I also have a friend from college who is in the current 50th anniversary production of “Fiddler on the Roof” on Broadway.

Q: Are there surprises being part of a tour like this?

KK: Yes, the traveling. You don’t realize what it’s going to be like constantly being on the go – packing and unpacking and checking into the different hotels. We don’t have any breaks so we can always moving and exploring the cities during the day and performing at night. It is great; but so much more involved than I thought. I didn’t realize the entirety of touring before I did it.

Q: How do you relax when on tour?

KK: A lot of times we will just go out and explore. A lot of the dancers get massages since we are constantly on our feet. The temperature is going up to the high 70s today in Daytona, so many of us will head to the beach.

Q: What else do you do to chill out on the road?

KK: I really like music. I have made a lot of play lists on the road and get the chance to listen to full albums during our travel days. Music is one of my main relaxation outlets. I also really like photography, so I do a lot of photo blogging on Instagram. [Please follow him on Instagram @Kulpy].

Q: Being on the road – what do you miss the most?

KK: My family and friends. And little things – like having a kitchen and being able to cook. Being constantly on the move and being in hotels you don’t get to cook. But sometimes we share an apartment and we can cook.

Q: What is the initial dream versus the reality of your career?

KK: Five years ago the dream would be to tour and travel – exactly what I am doing now. You don’t really don’t know what tour life is like until you do it. Going places on a bus. Living out of a suitcase and performing eight shows a week. It is not a normal life. We perform throughout Christmas and the New Year’s season. We don’t get weekends or holidays off. So I am living the dream – but the reality is that it is also a job and hard work, albeit work that I truly love.

Q: Were you familiar with “Beauty and the Beast” before this tour?

KK: My childhood friend played Chip on Broadway when he was younger and we went to see it together after he retired. So, I have a long history with the show. And we have the same creative team that mounted the show in the ‘90s. so it was really great to be working with the same artistic team that presented it then.

Q: I hear you become good friends with those on tour. Are you pals with your roommate?

KK: Yes. I have an amazing roommate and he is one of my closest friends now. I know that we will remain friends after the tour. We will be sharing an apartment in downtown Toronto when we get there and can escape the hotel living and cook some nice meals. I look forward to that.

Q: Do you have any advice to young people who want to follow in your footsteps in pursing musical theater, theater or an entertainment career?

KK: Yes. I would advise someone to really think if this is what your passion is and if you want to make this your career, because you may get 100 rejections before you get a part or an offer. Even after all that you can never get disappointed in yourself, you can’t let the last rejection affect the rest of your day. If this is what you love to do, you need to put yourself out there and something is bound to come out of the auditions and stick. I would also say, audition, audition, audition!

Tickets for Beauty and the Beast and other Philadelphia Broadway series shows may be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999, visiting, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. For group of 10 or more call (215) 790-5883.

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Conspiracy Theorists Claim Ancient Greek Sculpture Depicts A Laptop Computer


(PCM) Conspiracy theorists are now claiming solid evidence of time travel, as they feel the ancient Greek sculpture, “Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant” depicts the female assistant holding a laptop computer with two USB ports.

Historians are countering this claim by saying that this assistant is actually holding a wax tablet, however we have to say it does look eerily similar to a laptop. The ancient Greeks were using wax tablets since the 14th century B.C.

The conspiracy started after YouTuber “StillSpeakingOut” brought up the sculpture saying “I am not saying that this is depicting an ancient laptop computer. But when I look at the sculpture I can’t help but think about the Oracle of Delphi, which was supposed to allow the priests to connect with the gods to retrieve advanced information and various aspects.” Seems almost like an ancient description of the internet.

The J.Paul Getty Museum has an image of the sculpture on their website with the following description “the sculpture shows a woman “Lounging in a cushioned armchair… [She] reaches out to touch the lid of a shallow chest held by a servant girl.” It was created in approximately 100 B.C.

Paranormal investigators and conspiracy theorist claim that it is the holes pictured in the side of the box-shaped object that appear to be USB ports that support their claim. They say that those types of holes do not appear in ancient Greek depictions of objects such as ladies’ vanity cases, jewel boxes, or wax tablets, so therefore it must be a depiction of an object from the future.

Either way it is definitely food for thought. What do you think? Evidence of time travel or just a wax tablet?

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My Journey to Health, Short and Sweet

wishes-nighttime-spectaculaToday’s column will be short…and sweet.  It hasn’t been a good day and I hope to be asleep as early as possible.

Today I went into one of the worst depressive battles of my life.  It didn’t last long but it hurt a lot.

I got up at 6:30 and walked the dog.  I knew I was dropping within the hour and by 8:30 all I could do was lie on my bed and stair ahead feeling nothing much more than emotional pain that came from nowhere.

Around 9:30 my father came in the room and told me some news that I was not ready to hear.  It wasn’t bad news at all, but it was upsetting for me.  I put on a face, encouraged him, and as soon as he was gone the tears started to come.  Now I was depressed and dealing with a legitimate emotion at the same time.

The tears and pain continued throughout the day.  I contacted my small group leader and he encouraged me as best he could.  I was relieved someone knew what was happening.  Not long after I sent out a group e-mail asking for prayer and some folks got back to me quickly support doesn’t take it away but it makes it a bit easier to bear.

At 3:00 I called my psychiatrist.  By that time I could not form sentences, I was stuttering and crying at the same time.  I didn’t know what else to do and was getting ready to take myself to the hospital or find someone who could take me.  I tried to write this column but what came out of me was not worth reading.

Around four o’clock I “officially” went to bed.  If I slept there would be no pain, I had slept well the night before so I wasn’t sure I would sleep at all.  But I did.  At 6:30 the phone rang and I answered it.  It was a friend calling to see how I was.  I told him about the day, but I began to realize something was different.  I didn’t want to say anything.  I didn’t trust it.  I hung up and realized I was really me again.  Emotionally I was working well.

And so it is now.

This was a battle and a win, a new win at that.  Never had I had this type of depression lasted this short a time.  Never would this column have been written before.  The only real difference was that I reached out to many people who on my behalf prayed for me.  Believe when I tell you it was not something I could do for myself.

One more thing, something I want to reiterate every chance I get.  If you ever feel like you are going to harm yourself or others GO TO THE HOSPITAL!  I don’t want anyone who reads these columns to ever find themselves in a place where they won’t go.  I want you alive.  So do many others, even at the times you can’t believe that in any way.

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