American actor, musician, playwright and director Jeff Daniels was born on February 19, 1955 in Athens, Georgia. His family soon moved to Michigan where Jeff grew up and first became involved in theater as a student at Central Michigan University. He dropped out of CMU in his junior year and began to work with the Circle Repertory Company after relocating to New York City. Jeff made his stage debut in 1976 and continued with theater, winning several awards in the process. In 1981, Jeff made his film debut in the drama ‘Ragtime’. His next appearance was in the classic Oscar award-winning film, ‘Terms of Endearment’. Jeff earned massive fame and cult status as a result of the hilarious 1994 movie, ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and the sequel ‘Dumb and Dumber Too’ (2014). The two movies earned a worldwide box office combined total of nearly $403 million! During his illustrious career in theater, television, music and movies, Jeff has managed to remain extremely busy and in high demand! Jeff has been married to his college sweetheart, since 1979, and is the proud father of three children. His current net worth stands at approximately $45 million. FYI: To see Jeff in action and at his best, visit YouTube and catch Jeff as Will McAvoy in the Newsroom TV Series delivering his “America is Not the greatest country anymore” monologue (2012).
The concept of an engagement of marriage ring originated in ancient Egypt more than 5000 years ago. The circular shape of the ring representing eternity, while the exchange of rings established a commitment and promised never-ending love. The Sicilians came up with the idea of adding a diamond, believing that diamonds were literally ‘forged by the fires of love’. How did wedding rings end up on the fourth finger of the left hand? The Ancient Greeks promoted this idea, being convinced that the ‘ring finger’ contained a vein that lead straight to the heart. The vein became know as the ‘vena amores’ (vein of love). The Romans took the concept of wedding rings to a new level with artistic, intricate and elaborate personalization of engagement and wedding rings, often with likenesses of the betrothed couple themselves! With the establishment of formal wedding etiquette and strict procedural guidelines, the wedding jewelry industry has continued to evolve and thrive, thanks to countless creative and highly effective marketing campaigns like the delightful, as well as ingenious, 1947 DeBeer’s, “A Diamond is Forever”. (FYI: It was voted the #1 slogan of the 20th century by Advertising Age Magazine!)
He was known affectionately by fans and teammates alike as ‘Charlie Hustle’. Pete Rose (born 1941) is the all-time MLB leader in hits, games played. at-bats and singles as well as outs! He was a player in Major League Baseball from 1963 to 1986 and managed from 1984 to 1989. A three World Series ring winner, Pete won three batting titles, an MVP Award, two Gold Gloves and was Rookie of the Year in 1963. Unfortunately, it seems that Pete is best known for his involvement in the 1989 scandal involving accusations of gambling on baseball while he played for and managed the Cincinnati Reds. Pete denied the charges for years but in 2004 he finally came clean and admitted that he was guilty. He was penalized with permanent ineligibility from baseball which prevented him from ever securing a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The possibility of his reinstatement and eventual election to the HOF is an ongoing debate among players, managers and fans alike.
161-180 AD Marcus Aurelius Denarius Father of Commodus Silver Coin NGC Choice MS Mint State 5/5-3/5
My favorite auntie, a highly regarded registered nurse, collected antique invalid feeders. Invalid feeders were used in homes as an aid in the feeding of invalids in the late 19th and early 20th century. I once asked her why she chose this unusual category. Her quick reply was, “Because they’ve always fascinated me and I get the opportunity to meet a lot of new friends who share my passion!” She would travel on her days off to antique shows and swap meets all over the state in search of unique and pristine examples of her collectible of choice. She amassed quite an impressive and valuable collection by the time she passed away in her seventies. The reasons why people collect are infinite and relatively unimportant. What matters is, that they choose to collect. Being a collector has many hidden health benefits that often aren’t seen from the outside. Collecting can reduce stress by temporarily redirecting our minds away from our often humdrum routines and schedules. Collecting can build self-esteem by providing us with the opportunity to eventually develop into a recognized expert in our collecting field. Concentration and memory functions are often enhanced as a result of the focus required while researching and categorizing our collectibles. As my auntie so happily discovered, collecting antique invalid feeders put her in touch with like-minded collectors and resulted in several lifelong friendships. Ask yourself what kinds of items you would enjoy collecting. Search out others who are collecting and dealing in similar types of items and start connecting. Yes, it can actually be that simple! The happiness and enjoyment of becoming a collector are yours for the taking.
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