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I’m guaranteed to rock I make the ladies scream and shout I’m bound to wreck your body and say turn the party out”

Mic drop, Biz Markie passed today.

Like clockwork, that grimy Sony Walkman player1 in my mind pressed play on Nobody Beats the Biz“ from Goin’ Off (1988). In the late‐80s, that song was a hammer of a party anthem at house parties all over tha ville.2 There’s something special about Biz; his persona was pretty consistent from start to finish—all about having fun with your friends, acting the fool, and listening to music. Nothing wrong with that. Thank you for the good times! Rest easy, Mr. Hall.

  1. a pre‐iPod/iPhone portable electronic that played music on these things called cassette tapes 

  2. Fayetteville, NC 


Found: Random-facts-from-the-internet.txt on a deeply‐buried folder on my HD. Decided to ask the internet again and this apparently is false. According to Mr. Stitt, rupturewort, proprietory, and proterotype are all longer than typewriter—only by a single letter, but…longer. Guess …
1700s · American · Boston · innovation · Inventor · patents · Philadelphia · polymath · Printer · Scientist · Statesman · Writer
Found: listening to Jill Lepore’s brilliant collection of essays, The Deadline: Essays. Specifically, she quoted Benjamin Franklin in Chapter 12, Valley of the Dolls, which is about the Barbie vs Bratz legal battle and …
1900s · 2000s · American · funny · humor · Writer
From an interview with the late, great Larry King. Back in 1975, six of his shows were being broadcast every week to a prime‐time audience:  “All in the Family”  “Maude” “Good Times” “The Jeffersons” “Sanford and Son” …

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