There is a saying about how some folks are “hard nosed.” I don’t know where that came from (usually when I say something like that, a reader will find out and let me know!), but perhaps it comes from when someone got punched in the nose and it didn’t faze them a bit! That, truly, would be hard nosed! (Take it from me, I have had my nose broken twice – the first time when I got hit in the face with a baseball bat, and the second when my dad was pulling the starter rope on a go-kart and didn’t know I was behind him and his elbow hit me square on the nose!) It hurts!
Well, the fellow in today’s picture is truly hard-nosed. About as hard nosed as one can get. This is a Japanese hero from times gone by. I learned about this at Epcot Center today when we visited the Japanese part of the center about Ancient Spirits and Modern Heroes. Did you know that many of the manga heroes in the comics today are modernized versions of ancient spirits in Japanese tradition? I didn’t. There was one where a very modern looking (and dressed) young woman character is in charge of the moon rabbits or something like that. Strange, but hey – cultures are fascinating!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Fatty Arbuckle, a silent-film era performer at the height of his fame, is arrested in San Francisco for the rape and murder of aspiring actress Virginia Rappe. Arbuckle was later acquitted by a jury, but the scandal essentially put an end to his career.
In early September 1921, Arbuckle went to San Francisco with two male friends for a short vacation and checked into the St. Francis Hotel. The men hosted a party in their suite, during which a guest named Virginia Rappe, who had been drinking, became ill. Rappe, who was in her twenties, died several days later from peritonitis caused by a ruptured bladder. Maude Delmont, another guest at the party, claimed Arbuckle had raped Rappe and injured her bladder.
Arbuckle’s arrest on September 11 by the San Francisco police soon generated a massive scandal. Arbuckle maintained his innocence, but he was lambasted in the press and the public, unused to Hollywood scandal, boycotted his films. The politically ambitious San Francisco district attorney was determined to prosecute Arbuckle, even though Delmont turned out to be a questionable witness, with a criminal record of her own. Several other witnesses would later claim the prosecution had intimidated them into giving false testimony.
After two mistrials, the jury in Arbuckle’s third trial found him not guilty and even issued him an apology. Despite this favorable outcome for Arbuckle, the U.S. film industry nevertheless temporarily banned him. He subsequently attempted a comeback and even directed several films under the pseudonym William B. Goodrich, but his career never fully recovered and he struggled with alcoholism. Arbuckle died of heart failure at age 46 on June 29, 1933, in New York City.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: William Henry Harrison served the shortest term of any U.S. president. He served only 32 days, from March 4 to April 4, 1841. He fell ill with pneumonia shortly after his inauguration and never recovered.