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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Live Fast, Die Young

 James Dean (February 8, 1931 - September 30, 1955)

"Dream as if you'll live forever, and live as if you'll die today."
– James Dean

Dean in Giant (1956)
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James Dean is a legend: a hero with a motto "live fast, die young." His style - casual, his look - unflinching, his attitude - rebel. He reflects the essence and epitome of cool even to this day. When he was killed in a car crash at the age of 24, James Dean immediately became an enduring film icon. His film credits include East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant.

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Photo Credit: Wikipedia

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Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) &
Clyde Chestnut Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934)

Step back to an earlier point in time to Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who also lived fast and died young but violently. Their final moments are legendary indeed as they faced a "hail of lead" which brought to an end a twisted tale of love, family and violence.

Related Article
Bonnie & Clyde History Notes http://bonnieandclydehistory.blogspot.com/ 

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Die-Young Life
Legends are often times etched in the lives of the young and restless.
Outlaws, robbers, and criminals date back to eras known for showing no mercy
but nevertheless chose paths of the unrighteous. 

“Live fast, die young”
Soon became their legendary motto
Terror in five states
Left bullets ricocheting like staccato

Scorching over-heated radiators
And smell of burning rubber
Echoed down never-ending highways
Beneath the hot southwest sun

A wearying cat and mouse chase
Churned along winding country roads
Kicking up miles and miles of dust
With Bonnie and Clyde on the run

Stifled, clammy, often cramped
In one car right after another
Deputies rolled down their windows
Channeling a hot, stagnant breeze

Atop a stumpy, rolling hill
A posse of six determined men
Set a quick but deadly ambush
Out of sight among moss-covered trees

Last words to family and close friends
Led folks to sincerely believe
Bonnie and Clyde knew what was to come
Right to the very bitter end

When the order came, “Shoot!”
Shells riveted the body of the car
Glass shattered, bodies slumped
Leaving Bonnie and Clyde a true legend

Connecting the past to the present…
“So wise so young, they say do never live long.”
—Shakespeare (1564–1616)