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The Hunt for Buried Treasure

The Goonies

When hunting for lost or buried treasure, brains always win out over brawn. Decipher the clues, outwit the bad guys, grab the loot and make a clean getaway. Why does it always sound easier than it really is?

  • Cutthroat Island - Geena Davis plays a pirate intent on recovering her inheritance with a snippet of a treasure map.
  • Fool's Gold - Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson encounter trouble at every turn on their hunt for sunken treasure off the Florida Keys in this delightful romp.
  • The Goonies - Misfit kids (Sean Astin, Josh Brolin,

Vintage 1965

Otis Blue Otis Redding sings soul

Full of civil unrest, 1965 was a turbulent year. The top grossing film of the year was The Sound of Music. Dune by Frank Herbert hit bookshelves. The TV show I Dream of Jeannie premieres. These albums were top sellers. What were you up to in 1965?

Doo-wop

Smooth tunes with ear tickling vocal harmonies epitomize the doo-wop sound. Popularized in the 1950s and 1960s and created in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago, these R&B bands will have you swaying and singing along.

Shakespeare's Comedies on Film

10 Things I Hate About You

Shakespeare's tragedies start with a wedding and end with a funeral, while his comedies start with a funeral and end in a wedding. As the Colorado Shakespeare Festival wraps up this weekend, let's end it on a happy note with these Shakespearean comedies made for the big screen.

  • 10 Things I Hate About You - Set in a Seattle high school, this adaptation of Taming of the Shrew was Heath Ledger's movie debut. Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt round out the merry cast.
  • As You Like It - Like many Shakespearean film adaptations, Kenneth Branagh is the director.

On This Day in History - August 5

Marilyn Monroe

August 5, 1962 - Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her Los Angeles apartment, the circumstances of which are still shrouded in mystery. Born on June 1, 1926, Norma Jean Mortenson's transformation into Marilyn Monroe was not without tragedy. Today we honor her short but stellar life.

Shockingly, Marilyn never believed she was beautiful and struggled with her perceived appearance. She was married 3 times - at 16 to James Dougherty, then to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, and finally to playwright Arthur Miller.

Let's Fiddle Around

Whether you fancy a jig, a reel, or the bluegrass sound, fiddle music is sure to get anyone's toe tappin'.

Fantastic Fiddlers

Happy Birthday President Obama!

President Obama celebrates his 49th birthday August 3. Did you know that he has won Grammys for both his audio books? Did you sign his birthday card?

There have been many books written about the President, documenting his first term in office and his life before.

Penned by the President

About the Obamas

Award Winning Romance

The Rita Awards are given by the Romance Writers of America for the best published novels and novellas that promote excellence in the romance genre. The award is named for the group's first president and has been given since 1983. The 2010 winners were recently announced!

Winner for Best Young Adult Romance

Winner for Best Inspirational Romance

Winner for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

2010 Emmy Nominees

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards airs on Sunday, August 29, with Jimmy Fallon as this year's host. The nominees were just announced! Who are you rooting for?

This year, actor George Clooney will be receiving the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. He will be the 4th person to receive this illustrious honor.

Nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series:

Vintage 1985

Madonna

The year is 1985. Dukes of Hazzard goes off the air. The first ever WrestleMania is held in Madison Square Garden. The first Back to the Future film premieres. Super Mario Brothers is released for Nintendo. These albums all hit #1 that year.

Which album was your favorite?

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