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Tessio Lives

Abe Vigoda turned 94 on Tuesday.

89px-Abe_Vigoda_1975 Abe Vigoda

Yep, the same guy who played Sal Tessio in The Godfather. Who can forget Tessio’s great line: “Can you get me off hook, Tom? For old times’ sake?”

Tom Hagen replied: “Can’t do it Sally.”

Of course we never saw Tessio meet his end. Perhaps he did out live Peter Clemenza after all. Remember, Tessio was always smarter.

Happy birthday, Sally!

Les Brown motivation

Seems Evan Longoria has picked up on motivational speaker Les Brown and the Rays third baseman shared this one with reporters the other day: “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.”

Tell me those words don’t hit home. How many times have you failed before even trying? That’s happened to me more times than I care to remember.

One final pearl of wisdom

A recent contestant on Jeopardy! told Alex Trabek that she did not like the term “bucket list” because it’s finite. Her point: What do you do if you finish the list?

Her suggestion: Come up with a “someday list.”

After a three-day run, this philosophical housewife bowed out Wednesday night, thereby scratching Jeopardy! off her bucket, uh, someday list.

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