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Check It Out: Enjoy summer while it is here with Leos

By Jan Johnston
Published: July 29, 2023, 6:10am

Depending on where and when you read this, July will be almost done or completely finished.

I was watching the Turner Classic Movies cable channel the other evening and was surprised that they were showing a string (garland?) of Christmas movies. And then I looked at the calendar and realized that it was July 25, which means one thing: Christmas is six months away. This put me in a bit of a funk because I like summer, and I don’t want to think about Christmas until at least, ideally, December. July has so much to offer — sun, sunscreen, barbecued meat, Bastille Day — and it just isn’t fair to pin July with the six-months-till-Christmas pressure. My apologies if that sounds cranky.

So, to take my mind off jingle bells and ho-ho-hoing, I decided to pick a date in July and look up famous people born on that day. Fun, right? Yes, a hoot. So which date did I choose? July 30, which revealed a great sampling of famous-birthday-fun. For example, in chronological order, I found Emily Bronte, Henry Ford, Casey Stengel, Peter Bogdanovich and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Does the library have books and/or media about these special Leo birthdays? Yes!

To help celebrate those born in the fifth sign of the zodiac, I offer books and DVDs about the aforementioned celebrities. Emily Bronte, writer; Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company; Casey Stengel, baseball player and manager; Peter Bogdanovich, film director; and Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor, bodybuilder and politician — be sure to check out material about these Leo personalities.

  • “Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character” by Martin Appel.
  • “Great Writers: The Bronte Sisters” (DVD) released by Kultur Interational Films.
  • “The Last Picture Show” (DVD) directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
  • “The Terminator” (DVD) starring Arnold Schwarnenegger.
  • “The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip” by Jeff Guinn.
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